Apple and Spotify are in talks about the potential for Siri to play songs, albums and playlists from the leading subscription service. A new report from The Information confirms that Spotify would take advantage of new opportunities that Apple introduces in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, leaving other apps on par with Apple Music when requesting music requests through the company's Siri voice assistant. If Spotify takes advantage of the new tools, you will be able to play music without having to open the app on your iPhone or iPad.
The integration may be a sign of progress between two companies that have turned heads more heatedly than ever before in the past year. In March, Spotify filed an antitrust complaint with the EU, accusing Apple of impairing third-party services competing with its own apps. Among other gripes (such as Apple's subscription fee), Spotify pointed out hands-free Siri compatibility as a convenient feature that Apple reserved for its own Apple Music service.
Both companies have set up websites to post their respective arguments. Spotify has its "Time to Play Fair" page, and Apple responded to it with a long public defense of App Store policies and practices. The company has also tried to point out errors in Spotify's charges.
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The Information pointed out a recent language change on Spotify's Siri support site specifically:
Apple will not allow us to be on the HomePod, and they will definitely not let us connect to Siri for to play jams.
Only recently did Apple announce that it will let us contact Siri to play jams … but fail to mention our name ("I will play [X] on Spotify") and your HomePod will default be Apple Music.
So Spotify knows that it has the new tools at its disposal and can solve the lingering and frustrating lack of Siri voice commands. The company has not confirmed whether it plans to have an app update ready for when iOS 13 is sent to consumers this fall.