Spotify will work with Siri and Apple TV

There's also now a Spotify App for Apple TV users. And, in an extra little perk, Spotify will default to "Data Saver" mode if you have your device's Low Data mode turned on.


Nearly two months after The Information first reported Spotify would be more seamlessly integrated into Apple’s iOS, the big day is finally here. With its most recent update released Monday morning, version 8.5.26 of Spotify now has several new Apple-friendly options for users.

The big update is Siri controls for Spotify. The catch? You’ll need to specify that you want to play the track “with Spotify” or else Siri will (of course) default to playing either from the library on your device or Apple Music. The Siri controls are available across the Apple product family: iPhone, iPad, Carplay, AirPods, and HomePod via AirPlay.

While this seems like something of a detente between two rivals, there’s a monetary reason behind the whole deal, because of course there is. 

Spotify filed a complaint with the European Commission back in March that alleged Apple was collecting too hefty a “tax” from subscriptions made through Apple’s App Store. They also alleged that if they didn’t allow Apple to collect that “tax,” Apple would make block Spotify from, well, a lot of the integrations the two just introduced. (Spotify is hardly the only company to make “unfair competition” allegations against Apple.)

Spotify App
Spotify App

Apple fired back, but the EU decided to launch an investigation into Apple’s dealings anyway. And here we are. 

For what it’s worth, despite the Apple Music challenge, Spotify continues to outpace its competitors in terms of overall subscribers, further giving this move by Apple an air of, “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”


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