Almost a month ago, we announced that the upcoming iOS 14.5 update will allow iPhone users to permanently replace Apple Music by changing the default Music app. Still, Apple says it won’t now.
Users testing a beta version of the new operating system when they ask Siri to play music asks which service the Assistant will use. Apple explained to TechCrunch that it doesn’t consider this a “standard setting”.
Apple’s iOS 14 introduces options to tweak the default web browser and email application so that all new links open in your preferred browser and new emails are created in your preferred email app. The same is true for music players, though.
There is no setting in the settings menu where you can choose your default music player in your email and web browser. This feature is related to Siri’s Learning feature.
When you ask your virtual assistant to play an album, you’ll see a list of installed apps that you can choose from and learn from your selection. If you ask Siri for a podcast or audiobook, we hope it will learn which apps Siri uses for each purpose and make it easier to integrate when making Siri requests.
But changing Siri’s habits isn’t as simple as a one-time choice. According to Apple, the assistant could ask the same question in the future.
Users can mark their preferred apps on initial voice commands (such as playing Brian Eno on Spotify), but there is no indication that a truly native alternative is in the works.
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The complexity of this feature may seem insignificant, but it represents Apple’s widespread antipathy towards competing third parties.
Spotify and Apple have fought in the past over whether Apple’s monopoly practices are anti-competitive. Due to the taxes Apple receives on services sold on the website, users who sign up for Spotify through the App Store are unwittingly offering a portion of their Apple subscription.
Given the number of iPhone users available to the App Store for this, Spotify argues that this is an unfair use of its superiority in the tech industry.
Given this, it’s clear that Apple is reluctant to allow true “default” settings for services competing with Appl.e Music is associated with an ongoing feud.