Apple will finally be getting little friendlier with third party music-streaming apps when it comes to Siri.
Music-streaming companies such as Spotify will now be able to let users make use of Siri controls to play music through their apps thanks to Apple’s newly-announced Siri Shortcuts feature in iOS 12.
At a WWDC, the company described a new “Play Media” objective it was introducing to developers with Siri Shortcuts that will let users call upon audio and video media from third-party apps. The integrations would operate much less impeccably than controls for Apple Music through Siri, but you would hypothetically be able to direct Siri on the iPhone or HomePod to a chosen playlist or artist on a service like Spotify, a feature that was previously not available.
The big caution here is that this is a developer tool and support relies on apps like Spotify and others adjoining these new changes into their apps with iOS 12. In other words, Siri can’t help you just yet.
What you probably won’t be able to do is ask Siri to play a specific artist or song that you haven’t already built a shortcut for. So, it’s not perfect, but it’s definitely a start.
Developers are already playing around with how the functionality could work in the iOS 12 beta release, though without official Spotify app support things are still a bit rough.
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