'Hey Siri': You Can Now Ask to Play Music 'With Spotify'

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The logo of the music streaming service Spotify is displayed on a smartphone on April 20, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. 

'Siri, play music with Spotify.'

iPhone and iPad users with Apple iOS 13 software can now ask Siri to play songs on Spotify, thanks to a new update to the app.

After downloading the latest version of Spotify, users simply ask the Siri voice assistant to play an album, song or playlist "with Spotify." The only catch? Unless users add "with Spotify" to the command, Siri will default to Apple Music to fulfill the request.

The Siri integration works with iPhone, iPad, CarPlay, AirPods and HomePod via Airplay, according to Spotify's latest App Store release notes. Spotify has also released a new Apple TV app for Apple TV HD and 4K.

According to a new blog post from Spotify, the integration is part of its "ubiquity strategy," meaning "the idea that you should be able to tune in to Spotify wherever, whenever, using whatever."

"The end state here is to ensure that Spotify aligns more deeply with the multiple devices in your life so that you won’t need to find the songs or podcasts to suit the moment -- they will find you," adds Spotify vp of product Sten Garmark.

Spotify filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with the European Commission back in March, arguing that Apple routinely uses App Store rules to give itself an "unfair advantage" over Spotify. Among many issues, CEO Daniel Ek named Siri as a point of contention: "This has included locking Spotify and other competitors out of Apple services such as Siri, HomePod, and Apple Watch," he wrote in a blog post at the time.


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