How to Ask Siri on HomePod to Play Apple Music Playlists, Genres, Moods, and More

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One of the main uses for Siri on HomePod is to control your Apple Music collection. There are Siri voice commands for accessing content like playlists, genres, moods, liking or disliking songs, playing more music based on something you've heard, starting a new radio station, and much more.

Because the list of Siri commands is so extensive, this guide won't be covering every possible option and genre supported by available through Siri, but it should serve as a good starting point when getting to know what exactly your HomePod can do with your Apple Music library.


Playlists and Library

Your playlists may be the content you'll interact with most often in Apple Music, and Siri on HomePod can play any Apple Music playlist you've made in the past on an iOS device or Mac. Siri can also play Apple Music's personally curated mix playlists.


For items in your library, use the "play my" command and Siri will play albums and songs already added to your library. For everything else, Siri will play any songs available on Apple Music, even if they aren't in your library yet.
[*]"Hey Siri, play my Book Time playlist."
[*]"Hey Siri, shuffle my Book Time playlist."
[*]"Hey Siri, add this song to my Book Time playlist."
[*]"Hey Siri, add this to my library."
[*]"Hey Siri, play My New Music Mix."
[*]"Hey Siri, play the A-List Pop playlist."
[*]"Hey Siri, play my music from Sam Smith."
[*]"Hey Siri, play the newest music from Vance Joy."
Genres, Moods, and Radio

Siri can understand a wide range of commands requesting various musical genres and moods found in Apple Music. You can find some of these moods in Apple Music itself by navigating to the Browse tab, tapping Playlists, then looking through all of the Activities and Moods. You can also request songs based on decades, specific years, and exact dates. We've compiled a few examples below to get you started.

[*]"Hey Siri, play some recent pop music."
[*]"Hey Siri, play some chill music."
[*]"Hey Siri, play some romantic music."
[*]"Hey Siri, play some music to dance to."
[*]"Hey Siri, play the best songs from the '90s."
[*]"Hey Siri, play the top 10 songs from 1986."
[*]"Hey Siri, play the top song from April 17, 1992."
[*]"Hey Siri, create a radio station based on The Killers." Here are some examples of more keywords that you could enter into the above commands:
[*]Sad
[*]Angry
[*]Lazy
[*]Somber
[*]Calm
[*]Fun
[*]Romance
[*]Weekend
[*]Cooking
[*]Party
[*]Workout
[*]Focus
[*]Motivation
[*]Bedtime You'll also find the same results for essentially every genre, like Country, Alternative, Blues, and others.

General Controls

There are multiple commands you can relay to Siri to control music playback, with some examples below.
[*]"Hey Siri, play music."
[*]"Hey Siri, pause."
[*]"Hey Siri, skip this song."
[*]"Hey Siri, skip forward 30 seconds."
[*]"Hey Siri, jump back 10 seconds."
[*]"Hey Siri, previous track."
[*]"Hey Siri, raise/lower the volume."
[*]"Hey Siri, increase the volume to 50 percent."
[*]"Hey Siri, turn on repeat."
Other Commands

[*]"Hey Siri, play Party in the USA."
[*]"Hey Siri, I like/dislike this."
[*]"Hey Siri, what song is this?"
[*]"Hey Siri, what was the last song called?"
[*]"Hey Siri, who sings this?"
[*]"Hey Siri, who is the drummer in this?"
[*]"Hey Siri, what year is this song from?"
[*]"Hey Siri, how many songs are on this album?"
[*]"Hey Siri, play more like this."
[*]"Hey Siri, after this play Rolling in the Deep."
[*]"Hey Siri, play some Florence and the Machine."
[*]"Hey Siri, tell me more about this artist."
[*]"Hey Siri, I want to hear the live version of this song." If you ever want to revisit the playlists and radio stations that Siri creates for you through voice commands on HomePod, head over to the For You tab in Apple Music. If you scroll down a bit, you should see "Recently Played" filled with the content that Siri played on HomePod.


If you have any other useful Siri commands we didn't mention, be sure to share them in the comments.

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Pretty good list. Found saying “play half volume” works instead of saying 50%. Siri also warns you if you say “play full volume” and says “are you sure, that’s quite loud.”

Instead of “I don’t like this” I told her “never play this song again” which worked as well. And is more fun to say!
 
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Pretty good list. Found saying “play half volume” works instead of saying 50%. Siri also warns you if you say “play full volume” and says “are you sure, that’s quite loud.”

Instead of “I don’t like this” I told her “never play this song again” which worked as well. And is more fun to say!
Haha didn't know about the "never play" command, totally using that when Can't Stop The Feeling inevitably shows up for me again. I WISH she could actually prevent specific songs from appearing like that ;)
 

Trekkie

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I’m not 100% certain yet but it doesn’t seem to be updating playcounts. So if you have smart playlists that hunt out songs you haven’t heard in a while it won’t update right and the playlist doesn’t update.

Other iOS devices do, which is a bummer this doesn’t.

Sounds great though
[doublepost=1518375391][/doublepost]Also turn it up a bit/down a bit works. Dunno what a bit translates too but is adjusts slightly which is cool
 
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Naaaaak

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I appreciate guides, but if Siri worked correctly we wouldn’t need them.

What happened to the promise of natural language recognition? Siri should understand us — we shouldn’t have to memorize phrases specifically to Siri’s liking.
 

genovelle

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Too many Homepod articles to my liking lately, and no, I don't read these HP articles, just think MR is overdoing it.
If you check out Apple insider they only post ones that have a negative slant. So since the response has been mostly positive they have only copied two articles, both bashing Siri while most here seem happy with their devices and Siri. Odd.
 

patent10021

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Airport basestations are not needed for HomePod I’m assuming. That’s the whole point right?

We simply setup HomePod using any device then can start streaming. The HomePod is being told to use any wifi network via the iPhone setup process right?

Does this also mean that if I want to stream from iTunes on my MacBook to HomePod it will be automatic as long as both are on the same network?
 

Shirasaki

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Unless Siri can
1. Support multiple languages in a single sentence (mix English/Spanish, mix Japanese/Korean etc), which is crucial when playing music.
2. Can recognize the voice better.
3. Apple Music includes Much more Japanese songs.
HomePod is just a low-mid range speaker with decent sound quality.
 

Mak47

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Siri also recognizes “This song sucks” and “This song blows” with appropriate accompanying expletives inserted. As someone who hates much more music than I like, that’s quite valuable.
 

Young Turk

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Pretty good list. Found saying “play half volume” works instead of saying 50%. Siri also warns you if you say “play full volume” and says “are you sure, that’s quite loud.”

Instead of “I don’t like this” I told her “never play this song again” which worked as well. And is more fun to say!
I don’t have HomePod but my iPhone X and my iPad Pro are both set up to listen for, ‘Hey Siri.’ Does HomePod override those?
 

pmm1221

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Just for the record, all of the commands here I tested work with Siri on iPhone.

Question, which of these commands are new that weren’t available in iOS 11.1? For example, I don’t remember this command working previously (much to my frustration): “add this song to my [X] playlist.” I’m thrilled that it works now.
 

Bradleyone

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Ha! Homepod is a bit like one of those old text adventures.

"Pick up key"

"Use key in lock"

:D
Siri: “I don’t see lock here.” ;)
Alexa: I've opened the door, restocked your fridge, and charged it to your Amazon Prime account. By the way, you were low on toilet paper as well, so I've ordered you a case with expedited shipping. There is also a troll with a rusty knife here.

Google Assistant: The lock is open. Your adventure experience is no longer secure, and I will remind you of this by flashing the words "Not Secure" in your field of view from now on. I have also placed a cookie in your pocket. It's not for when you are hungry, it's so that I know when you decide to play other text adventures. There is a troll with a rusty knife here. Here are 4 sponsored ads for lamps, which honestly you should have already brought with you, what kind of text adventurer are you anyway.

Cortana: Use what in what?! Text adventures are lame as, dude. Get yourself an Xbox and let's frag some jackals!