Spotify is currently beta testing a version of its iOS app with Siri integration. The app is taking advantage of the new APIs that Apple has introduced in iOS 13 that allows media apps to integrate with Siri.
What this means is that Siri will treat Spotify as a first-class app just like Apple Music. Previously, you could only tell Siri a generic command like play music on Spotify and could not specify the artist/album.
Once the beta update is released, you will be able to tell Siri to “Play Maroon 5 on Spotify.” You will have to add “on Spotify” at the end of every voice command as otherwise Siri will try and start playing the music on Apple Music. The feature will work on the AirPods as well but not on the Apple Watch as the wearable’s Spotify app is just a controller and not a full app.
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) September 27, 2019
Spotify had earlier this year lashed out at Apple with its ‘Time to Play Fair’ campaign in which it highlighted how the company was using its position to give Apple Music advantage. It is probably that push from Spotify which has led Apple to open up SiriKit for third-party media player apps.
Spotify is currently testing Siri integration in beta and should release it to the public within the next few weeks. If you cannot wait to try out Siri’s integration with other music players, you can try out Pandora which has already updated its iOS app with Siri integration.