Spotify is currently testing a voice search feature which gives users ability to easily access their favorite tracks, artists, albums, and playlists. The feature which comes on a 2017 experiment involving “driving mode,” is now appearing in the iOS app for certain users. This is an excellent step forward for navigation in app that has before now required much tapping and typing to get to your destination.
The company affirmed the test saying, “We’re always working on improving the Spotify experience for our users, but we don’t have any information to share at this time.”
In order to access the feature, tap the magnifying glass icon at the centre of the bottom row of tabs. If you have it, you’ll notice a microphone icon inside a white bubble in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.
Tap it to get a brief information on the feature (currently only available in English). Once you have given Spotify access to your phone’s mic, tap the mic icon and command. If Spotify understands you, a song, artist, album, or playlist you want will be played. It works in like fashion and as rapidly as Siri does on a HomePod.
The voice control is a bit limited to finding music inside the vast catalog of Spotify. If you ask it, Who are the Beatles?” it will start playing a Beatles playlist without telling you anything about the band.
Apple has done a whole lot to stultify the Spotify experience on iOS devices, preventing the company from building up an integration with Siri or from functioning in relation with its HomePod smart speaker. With this kind of experience, it’s no wonder that building voice control directly into the app was the best option for Spotify. Even though the voice search feature is still undergoing some tests, the early version of it works pretty well to make a core part of listening to music.