In 2019, Spotify began testing an owner’s hardware device, lovingly dubbed “Car Thing,” which allows Spotify Premium users to play music and podcasts using voice commands beginning with “Hey, Spotify”. Last year, Spotify began developing a similar audio integration in its mobile app. Now, access to the “Hey Spotify” audio feature is rolling out more broadly.
Spotify opted not to officially announce the new additions, despite numerous reports stating that the audio options have appeared for many in the Spotify app, confusing users about their availability.
For example, a preliminary report by GSM Arena states that Android users receive a push notification alerting them to this feature. Notifications advise users “Just turn on your mic and say, ̵6;Hey Spotify, play my favorite song.’ By tapping on the notification, it will launch a new Spotify audio interface, where users will need to first grant the app permission to use the microphone in order to be able to verbally request the song they want to listen to.
Soon, several stores reported that the feature was released to Android users, which is only partially true.
It turns out that the feature is making its way to iOS devices as well.For example, when we released the Spotify app here on an iPhone running iOS 14.5, we found that the same feature has actually been implemented. You just need to tap the microphone button next to the search box to get the audio experience. We asked around and found that other iPhone users on different versions of the iOS operating system also have this feature, including free users, premium memberships and memberships. Premium Family Plan
The displayed screen shows large, bold characters that you can speak of. “Hey Spotify, play …” Followed by a random artist name There’s also a big green button at the bottom to open “Hey Spotify.”
When enabled, you can request an artist, album, song and playlist by name, as well as control playback with commands such as pause, pause, skip this song, rewind, and more.Spotify confirms a voice command, a robot that sounds at its value. Start (You can change to female voice in settings if you want)
This screen also alerts users that when the app hears a “Hey Spotify” voice command, it sends the user’s voice data and other information to Spotify. There is a link to the Spotify policy on the use of audio data, which is explained. Added that Spotify will collect recordings and transcripts of what you say, along with information about the content it sends back to you.The company said it may continue to use this information to improve features, develop new audio features, and target users. With relevant advertising It may also share your information with service providers such as cloud storage providers.
This policy appears to be the same as the one in conjunction with Spotify’s voice-enabled ads, which was released last year, so it does not appear to be updated to reflect all the changes that were made with the release. “Hey Spotify” was released. However, it indicates that, like other voice assistants, Spotify doesn’t just record continuously. But will wait until the user speaks a wake
With the inception of “Hey Spotify” voice commands along with “Car Thing”, there is speculation that the mobile launch is a sign that the company is ready to launch its own hardware to the wider public in the near future. There are some indications that this may be true – MacRumors recently reported that references and photographs of Car Thing and installations were found within the Spotify app’s code. The FCC filed a complaint in January of this year, sparking rumors that the device was coming soon.
Spotify was contacted this morning for comment. But I haven’t yet been able to provide any answer about the feature’s release, despite waiting a day. But we were told that they “unfortunately have no additional news to share at this time.” It also indicates that some large projects may be linked to other secondary feature releases.
Today’s consumers are wary of how tech companies collect data – and especially the use of audio data – after all three tech giants admit to the bad practice in its segment. But there are still some use cases for voice commands from an accessibility perspective and for Driver from a safety point of view
And while you can command the voice assistant on your phone (or via CarPlay or Android Auto, if available) to play content from Spotify, some people may find it helpful to be able to speak directly to Spotify, especially because Apple doesn’t allow Spotify to be set as the default music service; you can only train Siri to turn Spotify as the service you want.
However, if you have a second thought about using the “Hey Spotify” feature after enabling it, you can turn it off under “Voice Interaction” in the app’s settings.