iOS 13 enables Siri support in third party media apps: Spotify, Pandora, Overcast, and much more

iOS 13 enables Siri support in third party media apps: Spotify, Pandora, Overcast, and much more

File this one under Apple should have done this years ago: In iOS 13, you’ll finally have the ability to use Siri with audio apps like Spotify, Pandora, Overcast, Audible, and many more.

To date, Siri has only worked with Apple’s own audio apps. If you want to use a third-party app for music, podcasts, or audiobooks, Siri is limited to basic audio controls—next track, volume up, stuff like that. You can’t kick off your listening session and really use other media apps the way you can use Apple Music or Apple Podcasts.

It’s a frustrating user experience and an unlevel playing field; no wonder it’s one of the chief complaints of Spotify in its current battle with Apple. With iOS 13’s new SiriKit Media Intents, developers of all sorts of audio apps can finally deeply integrate with Siri.

How it is going to work

When you upgrade to iOS 13, you won’t suddenly be able to control all your music, podcast, and audiobook apps with Siri. Apple has updated their SiriKit framework to support all kind of different commands from these apps, but the app developers need to support them. 

In other words, you’ll need iOS 13 and also an app update for Spotify, Pandora, Overcast, Audible, or any other audio app you rely on that adds Siri support. So far, there has been no public commitment from any of those apps to support Siri, but the new developer features were just announced. We would expect most significant media apps to add Siri support quickly.

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Apple’s examples of supported Siri phrasing for audio apps is very encouraging.

What kinds of media apps will Siri work with? The experience is optimized for music, podcasts, audiobooks, and radio. If you have, for example, a nature sounds app, Siri may not fully understand all the media types within that app.

In a developer session explaining the new feature at WWDC 2019, Apple gave some examples of the kinds of things users will be able to say to Siri:

  • Tell <MyApp> that I love pop music.
  • Play Khalid on <MyApp>.
  • Put Outer Peace on my <MyApp> road trip playlist.
  • Find Billie Eilish on <MyApp>.
  • Play the audiobook Becoming on <MyApp>.
  • I don’t like this song.
  • Add this to my library.
  • Put on the Stuff You Should Know podcast from <MyApp>.
  • Play 89.1FM in <MyApp>.

That’s a pretty comprehensive and telling list. All of the major features one would expect to use with common media apps, from “liking” and “disliking” songs, adding songs to libraries and playlists, and playing all sorts of media types—songs, albums, artists, genres, podcasts, books—is supported.

via Macworld https://www.macworld.com/article/3400881/ios-13-enables-siri-support-in-third-party-media-apps.html#tk.rss_all
link : https://www.macworld.com/article/3400881/ios-13-enables-siri-support-in-third-party-media-apps.html#tk.rss_all
June 7, 2019 at 09:05PM

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