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Spotify Testing Voice Control Features on iOS

Mar 19, 2018

Good news if you have Spotify on your iOS device as the company is now testing out voice control features within the app. This new testing is only rolling out to a few select users, but it is a good sign of things to come. The new voice commands would allow you to just use your voice to communicate what you want to do in the app. This means you will no longer need to tap the various controls to listen to music. If you have Spotify on your iOS app, then read on to learn more about the new voice control features being tested.

Voice Control Now Being Tested on Spotify iOS App

We are super happy that these new voice control features are being tested out on the Spotify iOS app. The music streaming service is very popular among many people, so this could be a useful feature for tons of people. The new voice control feature would simply allow you to use your voice to go through various functions of the app. This would eliminate the need to be using your fingers to tap and click on these features. You could use your voice to bring up your playlists, favorite songs, favorite artists, and much more.

There is a magnifying glass icon that is on the bottom tab of the app, and this is where you will go to begin the voice control. You will notice a white bubble that contains a microphone icon, and you just need to tap on this to begin the voice control feature. At that point once you have clicked the microphone, the app will listen for your voice to begin commands. The commands at this point in time are only in English. After you have used the voice command to initiate something, the content you asked will begin to play right from the app.

Spotify Voice Control Feature is Very Useful

If you were one of the few people that were able to test out this new voice control feature, you might have concluded how useful this feature was. You did not have to spend a lot of time asking Spotify to play something before the app found what you were looking for and began to play it. The quickness of the Spotify commands could be comparable to Siri when you are using Siri on devices like the HomePod. The commands were quickly translated into the app and the music you want was quickly brought up for you. This is a good thing because sometimes voice commands can take a while to figure out or initiate, but not with this.

It is important to point out that this testing on Spotify does not mean you have a full artificial intelligence assistant at your fingertips though. The testing is on voice control so there is nothing more to it than that at this point. With the voice control feature, you get mostly accurate results, although some errors are definitely present. This is still in the testing phase on iOS, so we expected a few bugs and errors to occur. It is likely these issues will be worked out before the official release of this feature hits the iOS version of Spotify.

Limitations of Voice Control Feature in Spotify

An important note here too, is that you can only use voice commands that are from within the Spotify catalog. This means that you cannot ask about who a band is, and if you try, you will just end up getting their music to listen to. Queries are limited to music itself, so you will not actually learn anything about the person or band you asked about. If you asked “Who is Chris Cornell?” you would end up getting AudioSlave, Temple of the Dog, or Soungarden music instead of information about Cornell himself. Either way, we are happy to see these voice controls finally being rolled out to apps like Spotify.

We have no idea when the official release of this feature will launch, since it is in limited testing right now. There should be a bigger group of people who will get this new feature to test out in the near future. After the bigger group of people is able to test out the feature, that is when the feature should begin to roll out officially to the app. For now, keep your eyes open to see if you are one of the few being able to test out the voice control feature.