Spotify has made it clear that it does not think Apple is playing fair as a rivalry for streaming music and as a platform carrier. But give Spotify credit – the company is doing more than just filing legal complaints against Apple for unfair business practices, but is trying to make its service more attractive than Apple Music. In February, Spotify added Spotify HiFi so you could listen to music with “CD quality” sound, something Apple music doesn’t have. There are also app and web interface updates to make the service easier to use. And now, the Spotify iOS app supports “Voice Interactions” which provide control over the app without the use of hands.
The voice interaction function is gradually being introduced for users. To see if you have it, check the settings (gear icon) in Spotify and search Voice interactions. Touch it and on the next screen you will see a switch to turn on the “Hey Spotify” function. You will also be asked to give the app permission to use your iPhone’s microphone. You have two voice options: Option 1 is a male voice; Option 2 is a female voice.
Once everything is set up, you can use the Hey Spotify commands to launch the app. For example, I said, “Hey Spotify, play baby sharks,” and the app did a search and showed the results. Then she automatically played a song – the one I didn’t want. While the song was playing, the app could recognize me as saying “Hey Spotify play Lady Gaga” to display search results and play the song Lady Gaga. I could do other functions, like play one of my playlists, skip a song, stop play, and play the previous song. And I stumbled upon a screen that said I couldn’t do anything while the commercial was playing.
However, I will need a little practice in using this feature. I’m too used to saying “Hey Siri” and I said that almost every time I was in the Spotify app. In addition, there is an unusual situation when you say “Hey Siri” to run the Spotify app on your iPhone, and then you have to switch the mental equipment to “Hey Spotify” while you are in the app.
You can also play songs, artists, albums, playlists and more on Spotify using Siri voice commands. Just say, “Hey Siri, play [item] on Spotify. “Siri also controls system-level playback functions such as pause, next and previous tracks, volume, and so on.
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