Well, it’s not as sudden as the headline sounds: Apple has been opening up its device ecosystem in new ways recently – it’s just we’re starting to see the apps and integrations now as a result.
Pandora now works on the HomePod smart speaker, meaning people will be able to ask Siri to play music from that streaming service and use other voice controls. It’s not a surprise: Apple had already trailed the idea of third-party music services on its speaker in June at its WWDC event.
Meanwhile, Spotify is finally catching up with Pandora in adding over-the-air streaming to its official Apple Watch app. The new feature is rolling out to users, according to 9 to 5 Mac.