Apple and Spotify are reportedy in talks over possibl allowing Spotify users to control music playback with the Cupertino giant’s digital assistant – Siri.
The development comes at a time when Apple faces increasing antitrust scrutiny, some of which has been brought on by Spotify itself. According to a report by The Information, Spotify and Apple are currently working on a “plan” that would essentially “let iPhone users tell Siri to play songs, playlists, and albums with voice commands.”
These conversations reportedly stem from new APIs in iOS 13 that now makes it possible for developers of audio apps to integrate with Siri. The report explains that iOS 13 opens the SiriKit framework to third-party music, podcast, audiobook, and radio applications – a change that has forced Spotify to go as far as to drop some of the accusations the company made against Apple earlier this year.
Back in March, Spotify launched a website detailing its complaints against Apple, stating that “Apple won’t allow us to be on HomePod and they definitely won’t let us connect with Siri to play your jams.”
As noted by The Information in its report, this line has now been removed from the Spotify website.
The new report also implies that there is some sort of special agreement being talked about between Apple and Spotify. However, it appears more likely that Spotify is simply tapping into the new provisions made under Apple’s Sirikit policies.
If the source in the report is to be believed, Apple Music will remain the default option when asking Siri to play music, but if you specify the use of Spotify in the voice command, the device will play the said track on Spotify instead.