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Apple clarifies iOS default music app feature, and it's not what people thought

Added 03-04-21 05:10:03pm EST - “The widely reported beta feature was misunderstood.” - Arstechnica.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Arstechnica.com: “Apple clarifies iOS default music app feature, and it’s not what people thought”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Over the past few weeks, there have been several reports (including one of our own) on a feature found in recent beta releases of iOS 14.5 that appeared to allow users to change the default music app on their iPhones. However, Apple just clarified to TechCrunch that the feature is not as it first seemed.

In the initial reports, users claimed that they were prompted to select a preferred music app, such as Spotify or Apple Music, when they asked Siri to play a song. They then found that Siri seemed to honor that choice on future requests.

Further, they noticed that using the usual command of "Hey Siri, play [song name] on Spotify" would cause Siri to use Spotify again in the future when they spoke the same request sans the "on Spotify" part. (In the current public version of iOS, users must say "on Spotify" every single time to play songs in that app instead of Apple Music.)

But Apple told TechCrunch that this behavior is not actually setting the default player and that it will not do so when iOS 14.5 releases to the public in the coming weeks, either. Rather, this behavior is a question Siri may periodically ask in order to intelligently pick apps on your behalf based on the nature of the content you're asking for.

Users of the beta did experience Siri asking a second or third time, but most interpreted that as a bug that caused the software to forget a default setting rather than an intended behavior.

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