Music apps

Apple starts playing well with Spotify and other music apps in the latest beta of iOS 14.5


It looks like Apple may soon allow iPhone and iPad users to set another app besides Apple Music as their device’s default music player when accessing it through Siri.

In the latest beta of iOS 14.5, if you ask Siri to play music after the update, the digital assistant will ask you which app you want to use if you have multiple music players on your device. If you haven’t downloaded the Apple Music app, you can skip this step, according to 9to5Mac report.

However, some users report that the functionality can be a bit buggy. That said, it runs on beta software, so hopefully Apple fixes these issues by the time it passes to all users.

It’s worth noting that people running the beta haven’t been able to find a true software toggle to enable this feature. This may suggest that the feature might actually come in a later iOS version after 14.5.

Either way, it makes it a lot easier to ask Siri for music. I will also no longer need to request each song twice when using CarPlay because I always forget to say “On Spotify” after my orders.

To be clear, with a third-party app on iOS 14.4, users currently have to say commands like “Hey Siri, play Blinding lights on Spotify”. Once the update takes effect, you can just say “Hey Siri, Play Blinding lights” and your device should play music from whatever platform you want.

Users have been waiting for Apple to allow changing the default music app since it added the feature to email and web browsers when iOS 14 launched.

Source: 9to5Mac, Reddit