As Jeff Benjamin noted in 9to5Mac’s video coverage, iOS 14.5 will use Siri intelligence to select music services based on listening behavior. While the feature does not allow you to set a default music service, it will open Siri for easier music control for multiple services without having to specify which service to use. Apple has now described in more detail how they intend the new behavior to work.
TechCrunch received a statement from Apple that intends to take the focus away from describing the feature change as standard music service support and instead being part of Siri intelligence:
For example, if you ask Siri to play a song, album, or artist, it may ask you what service you want to use to listen to this type of content. However, your response to Siri does not make your particular service “standard”;, says Apple. In fact, Siri may ask you again at some point – a request that may confuse users if they thought their preferences were already set.
Apple also points out that there are no specific settings in iOS where users can configure a “standard” music service, as it is with email and browser apps.
As we mentioned in previous reviews, Apple’s approach with Siri is less clear to users than Amazon’s with Alexa. Echo-smart speakers allow users to set standard audio services for music directories and music radio stations, including Apple Music, through the Alexa mobile app.
Apple allows users to set default browsers and email clients in iOS 14, but Apple chooses not to offer the same level of control over audio clients yet.
Seriously, it does not call standard music app support in iOS 14, according to Apple, because it is Siri-based, which means it is much more hazy than a simple setting. Actually, we can only call it that in the future: foggy Siri sound function.
iOS 14.5 is currently in its third beta version. We should have a clearer description through release notes when the upcoming software update is released later this month. In the meantime, you can keep standard music, audiobook, and podcast apps on your iOS 15 wishlist.
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