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Apple HomePod keeps Siri voice commands for Apple Music


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Business Insider has chosen its words carefully in an article about Apple’s new smart speaker: ‘Spotify won’t work with Siri on Apple’s HomePod’.

It’s sparked by a message published by Apple for app developers about the SiriKit tools for HomePod: “With the intelligence of Siri, users control HomePod through natural voice interaction. And with SiriKit, users can access iOS apps for Messaging, Lists, and Notes.”

Which is to say that these are the only categories of apps that will be able to use the HomePod speaker’s voice-control features. That doesn’t mean that the device won’t be able to play music from non-Apple streaming services (like Spotify) – their iOS apps will be able to use it as an external speaker by using Apple’s AirPlay feature.

Still, keeping the HomePod’s Siri capabilities to Apple Music alone is more restrictive than rival smart speakers from Amazon and Google, both of which enable people to set Spotify as their default streaming service and control it with voice commands.

Spotify and Deezer have been pressing for European regulators to look at whether these kinds of devices are playing fair with all services, so you can expect the HomePod to come up in those discussions.

Of course, Apple may open up the device later: remember, the original iPhone in 2007 didn’t officially allow any third-party apps to be installed.

Stuart Dredge

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