Spotify is going to come to Apple TV. You could finally ask Siri to access tracks, music and playlists with Spotify's latest release for iOS 13, confirming a report that the two companies are collaborating together.
To use it, you simply install the upgrade or tell Siri to play a song "with Spotify." CarPlay now functions with the updated functionality, allowing you hands-free power of Spotify songs while riding.
Through the third-party audio support now included with SiriKit as part of iOS 13, Spotify is able to use Siri. It helps you to say things like "Play (album, track or playlist) on Spotify," "Play the latest song by (artist) on Spotify" or "Spotify (insert name) playlist." That places Spotify on an equal footing to Apple Music, except that you need to add the clause "with Spotify" and Siri is set for Apple Music by definition.
According to the release notes, Siri integration works for "iPhone, iPad, CarPlay, AirPods and HomePod via AirPlay." Though, according to testing done by 9 to 5 Mac, HomePod compatibility does not accept Siri song requests yet. Nevertheless, this may feature in a later release of iOS 13.2 for HomePod. Spotify has launched an Apple TV app for Apple TV HD and 4 K in tandem with the Siri launch.
In its EU competition lawsuit against Samsung, Apple and Spotify discussed one of the main issues of Spotify with the upgrade. "Apple... systematically blocks our updates to boost our service," CEO Daniel Ek wrote back in March 2019.
"This has, over time, involved excluding Spotify and other rivals from Apple apps such as Siri, HomePod, and Apple Watch." However, Apple has yet to answer Spotify's claim that it must pay an Apple Tax to get its device first in Apple's marketplace.