Spotify has finally launched the capability to play music with Apple’s Siri voice on the iPhone and iPad. The new feature, only just recently came about in iOS 13, puts Spotify on more level ground with Apple Music. It showed up in the beta app in September, but now it has rolled out to all users.
iOS and iPadOS users can now ask Siri to play music through Spotify. Spotify states that Siri can also control the app in CarPlay, and users can use AirPlay to play music on a HomePod with voice commands if a HomePod is present and available.
Lack of Siri capability was one of Spotify’s complaints about Apple that it filed with the EU, which turned around and launched an antitrust investigation of Apple earlier this year. (Apple will also give Siri the ability send messages through third-party apps by default, which could be another step to address similar criticisms.)
Spotify is also releasing an Apple TV app for the first time. It closely resembles the app on other TV platforms like Roku.
Spotify is also apparently redesigning its iPad app to take better advantage of the larger screen real estate. however, the iPad app is still missing features such as Spotify’s animated album art as those videos are more optimized for a phone environment.