Apple clarifies that users can’t choose a default music service in iOS 14.5

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  • Mar 20,2024
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Apple released the iOS 14.5 beta last month and it seemed to carry a long-awaited feature. It was first noticed by some Redditors who said that Siri would now allow you to choose your music service when asked to play music for the first time. This made them believe that Apple has finally added a feature for the selection of default music service

However, Apple has clarified with TechCrunch that the feature does not work like we think it does. Instead, this feature is supposed to improve Siri’s AI so that IT can adapt to your listening preferences quite easily.

“For example, if you tell Siri to play a song, album, or artist, it may ask you which service you want to use to listen to this sort of content. However, your response to Siri is not making that particular service your default”, Apple says. If you think your preferences are set, then you are wrong. Siri may ask you again at some point in the future.

At the same time, this does not stop you from requesting a particular service by name, even if it is not your regular one. Apple points out that there’s no specific setting in iOS to set a default music service as it has been with email and web browsers.

“More broadly, the feature is an attempt to help Siri to learn the listening apps you want to use for different types of audio content — not just music. Perhaps you want to use Spotify to listen to music, but prefer to keep up with your podcasts in Apple Podcasts or some other third-party podcasts app. And you may want to listen to audiobooks in yet another app.”, TechCrunch said.

This feature first appeared in beta 1 and was pulled out in beta 2. But with the beta 3 released this week, Apple reintroduced the feature again. Only time can tell if this feature will make it to the official release of iOS 14.5.


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