14 August 2019
So, finally! Apple is opening Siri support to third-party music apps so that you could play your jams from your favorite apps without actually going inside those apps. According to MacRumors, Apple is making available its Sirikit framework to third-party music, podcasts, audiobooks, and audio apps in iOS 13 and iPadOS. This means Siri will play songs for you from the supported third-party apps.
These apps could be Spotify, Amazon, Google, Pandora, Tidal, Overcast, and more. Before this capability, the Siri on HomePod used to play songs from Apple Music only. In fact, if you ask now, Siri will reply you that it can’t play songs from Spotify. The ability to support third-party apps will come with iOS 13 and iPadOS only. Apple has already seeded the first betas of these operating systems to developers. But the final release will happen in the fall only, likely alongside new iPhones which are coming in September.
Spotify earlier claimed on a website, “Apple won’t allow us to be on HomePod and they definitely won’t let us connect with Siri to play your jams.” The website was set up to support its European complaint against Apple earlier this year. Spotify filed a complaint claiming App Store rules give Apple an unfair advantage.
Well, that’s good news for the users who will soon be able to play their curated Spotify playlist on HomePod.