Spotify is reportedly holding talks with Apple about integrating Siri with its iOS app to let users control music playback by asking the voice assistant for the iPhone. First reported by The Information, the talks began only when Apple introduced a more open SiriKit framework with certain APIs to allow better third-party integration.
This is what the original report said:
Spotify, the world's most popular streaming service, is currently discussing a plan with Apple to let iPhone users tell Siri to play songs, playlists and albums with voice commands, according to three people are familiar with the discussions.
The move is likely spurred by the open API in iOS 1
In fact, Spotify has removed some harsh language targeting Apple, one of the sites dedicated to highlighting some of the anti-competitive grips the iPhone manufacturer has taken.
An agreement between the two companies will benefit each party. Spotify would get a feature users crave while Apple would dismiss complaints about favoring their own services over competitors on their platforms.
It is unclear whether the move will extend to HomePod support, something Spotify users would really welcome. As it stands, the speaker has not really broken out as it has an expensive price tag, and support for non-Apple services is quite limited. It could be another way for Apple to add functionality to its smart speaker that can make it more appealing.
With iOS 13 released next month, this could move through the talks between Apple and Spotify to come to an agreement.