A new feature in iOS 14.5 lets you change your favorite music player for Siri requests. So if you primarily use YouTube Music on Apple Music and other services, Siri will learn so you never have to tell the virtual assistant to play a song, artist, or album “on YouTube Music” again. .
Before iOS 14.5 – the biggest iOS update since the big 14.0 update – you still had to include “YouTube Music” in your Siri request, like any other third-party music app on your iPhone. Now, YouTube Music can be integrated deeper into Siri through intelligent Siri learning.
This new Siri change doesn’t just apply to YouTube Music; it also lets you set other audio apps as your preferred player. So if you dig Spotify, Deezer, Pandora or another music service on Apple Music or YouTube Music, that’s perfectly OK. But just so we’re clear, you can’t set a music app as your “default” music player with Siri, but it box be set to be your preferred listening choice.
Make Siri remember YouTube Music as a player
To train Siri on which music service you want to play for Siri requests, simply ask Siri to start playing a song, artist, or album without specifying the application in which to read it. Your iPhone will then show you a list of all available audio apps that can play music. Just tap “YouTube Music” to continue.
If you haven’t already turned on the “Use with Ask Siri” switch in YouTube Music’s “Siri & Search” settings, you’ll see a prompt that says, “I need to access your Spotify data to do this.” Is that OK?” Tap “Yes” to continue.
You’ll see the app list prompt whenever you ask Siri to play something for the first time after updating to iOS 14.5. According to Apple, you might periodically see the list thereafter as Siri continues to learn about your listening habits. For example, Siri could show the app list when requesting music in the morning and again in the evening to find out which service you like to use in the morning and evening.
Sometimes Siri may even ask you for the app list whenever you ask it to play music using a specific service. And let’s not forget the other audio files; you’ll see the list whenever you ask Siri to play a podcast or audiobook for the first time (and then randomly thereafter).
The big downside here is that you technically can’t choose YouTube Music or any other music service as the “default” player for Siri requests. Maybe one day we’ll have preferences in the Settings app under Music, Siri & Search, or YouTube Music that let you choose which service you like to use and when. But that’s unlikely to happen because Apple won’t want you to mistake it for a fault like you might with your email client or web browser.
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