Spotify and Siri might finally be friends. It was rumored back in August that Apple and Spotify are in talks to get Spotify to work well with Siri, and the changes are almost ready for users.
Spotify has started testing Siri integration on iOS 13 with beta testers. The integration allows users to play music and control playback using Siri. You can say things like “Hey Siri play [artist] on Spotify” to start playing music from an artist on Spotify, for example. You can also control the playback, volume, and change songs right from Siri. The feature is especially useful for those with AirrPods, which means you can simply say “Hey Siri” to activate Siri and control playback on Spotify without having to take your phone out.
The test was first spotted by The Verge, who were not able to test the Spotify integration on Siri on Apple’s HomePod speakers yet.
Either way, this is quite a big change for many reasons. Spotify and Apple are the main big players in the music streaming market, so the competition has led to some hostile behaviour in recent months. Spotify criticised Apple’s anti-competitive tactics like limiting Siri features to Apple Music, Apple’s App Store fees, and more. Apple did respond back, declining some of Spotify’s accusations, and Spotify pushed ahead with its request to the European Commission for an antitrust investigation into Apple’s anti-competitive tactics.