There was recent excitement in the iOS beta community when it appeared that users would be able to set their default music provider to iOS 14.5.
Some beta testers reported that Siri would ask them which service they wanted to use when requesting music from the voice assistant. A list of installed audio apps appeared for the user to choose from screenshots published by iOS 14.5 beta users.
However, it will not be for recent additions that will enable users to set their default email and web browsing applications.
Speaking to Techcrunch, Apple clarified the situation, stating that the new feature is designed to help Siri switch more on your listening habits. Apple told the site that Siri will not make your default streaming platform a service, even if you answer “Spotify” to her question.
Siri may ask you again which service you want to use in the future. So, mainly, you’ll still have to say “on Spotify” to access your content more quickly.
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The idea, Apple says, is to help Siri understand which services people use for different pieces of audio content. This has nothing to do with setting the default music service.
However, given Apple’s recent move, it would not be surprising to see it taking this route. The ability to set the default email and web browsing apps in iOS 14 has helped streamline the process for many users who prefer stock apps to Gmail and Chrome.
Apple is also facing regulatory pressure over how to prioritize its services over rivals. Spotify in particular has taken umbrage with the practice, calling Apple’s actions anti-competitive. Spotify has made a contradictory complaint against Apple in the European Union, which could lead to a wider investigation, according to one Reuters Report good.