Since its introduction in 2011 as part of iOS 5, Apple has steadily improved Siri’s functionality, especially in the area of music playback. The voice assistant now includes voice commands that open the music app, play requested tracks, and even identify songs playing in the background using the service’s Shazam integration. This tight music integration continues with the recently launched Apple Music app. In its latest iteration, Siri now allows you to interact with Apple Music, Music Radio and even Beats 1.
To take advantage of Siri’s music controls, you only need to activate Siri by long pressing on the iPhone home button or by holding the digital crown on the Apple Watch. Siri then opens and responds with a friendly greeting — “What can I help you with?” You then can speak one of the Apple Music-related commands below and the voice assistant will respond with consistency to your requests.
- Play “Song” from “Artist Name”
- Play “Song” (or “Artist”, “Album”, or “Playlist and its Name”)
- Shuffle All My Music (shuffles all the songs in your Music library)
- Shuffle “Artist Name” or Shuffle “Album Name” (shuffles the best songs from the selected artist or album)
- Listen to Beats 1
- Stop Playing Music
- Resume Playing
- Skip (to skip the current song)
- Like this song (to like the current song)
- After this play “Song Name” (will play your selected song next)
- Add this song to music (adds track to your music library)
- Add the song on the radio to music
- Play the top 10 songs from 1990 (or any other year)
- What song is this?
- Who is singing this?
- What album is this from?
- Play more like this (will play similar songs to the one currently playing)
If you know of any other Siri commands for Apple Music, please share them in the comments below.