Spotify Reportedly in Talks with Apple to Add Siri Support with iOS 13

It is no secret that Spotify and Apple are arch-rivals. Recently, Spotify accused Apple of taking a big cut out of subscription fee on the App Store. Now it seems like both the companies are ready to bury the hatchet. According to reports Apple and Spotify are in talks to allow the latter to control music playback using SIRI.

Spotify has been very vocal when it comes to its fight against Apple. The music streaming company has accused Apple of monopolistic practices and also filed a complaint with the European Commission over the Apple Store issue. Thats not all, Spotify also accused Apple saying that “Apple won’t allow us to be on HomePod and they definitely won’t let us connect with Siri to play your jams.” However the accusation was soon replaced with a subtler message that read out as follows,

As of Tuesday though, that language was no longer on the Spotify site, replaced by this sentence: “Only recently, Apple announced that it will let us connect with Siri to play your jams…but fails to mention our name (‘I want to play [X] on Spotify’) and your HomePod will default to Apple Music.

It is worth noting that iOS 13 comes with SiriKit framework which will essentially allow third-party developers to take advantage of SIRI. This is the reason why Spotify wants to leverage SIRI by enabling control playback. Until the deals happen do check out our super cool Spotify SIRI shortcuts for iPhone.

Our Take

Apple and Spotify are battling for the numero uno position when it comes to music streaming service. Spotify is leading with 100-million paid subscribers while Apple Music is playing catch up with 60-million subscribers.

I personally find it outrageous that tech companies block us from using other services, especially when we consider the intertwined nature of apps and services in today’s day and age. For instance, I am not allowed to use Spotify as default on my Amazon Echo and this pisses me off to no ends. As consumers, we should have the choice, and neither Apple nor Spotify can force us to use their services.

[via The Information]