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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

If you are signed up for the free, three-month trial of Apple Music, you probably know by now many of the cool features the streaming music service has to offer. But, did you know that Siri can make the experience even better? We've got a few tips for getting Siri to act as your digital deejay.


To get the full use of Siri's compatibility with Apple Music, make sure you are subscribed and your iCloud Music Library is on.

Play a Radio Station or Beats 1

Not only can Siri play a radio station like Electronic or Oldies, but now the personal assistant can also start playing live Beats 1 programming. Just ask her to "Play Beats 1."


Play an Apple Music Playlist

One of the things I love about Apple Music is the playlist feature in the For You section. If I've recently "liked" a particular song, A new playlist based on that will show up. If you know the name of an Apple Music created playlist, ask for it specifically. For example, "Play Souxie & The Banshees: Deep Cuts."

What Song is Playing

If Apple Music is playing a song you don't recognize, you can ask for more information. Just say, "What song is this?" to discover the artist and song title.


Add an Album to Your Playlist

If you like the song that is playing and want to hear the whole album, ask Siri to add the album to your playlist and it will begin playing after the current track is finished.

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Article Link: Tips for Getting Siri to Play Tracks in Apple Music


macrumors member
Jan 3, 2014
This is where it gets awesome! The Siri integration is wicked!
(I know some people have had a rough experience with Music, and Siri for that matter... But I'm hooked!)

Analog Kid

macrumors 604
Mar 4, 2003
I don't want to subscribe to Apple Music, but I would still like Siri to play a song from my library when asked. Any hints?

All I get now is an error message...
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macrumors member
Sep 17, 2010
UNLESS, you know how or someone you know, knows how to teach this lazy twerp to play a VIDEO LOCALLY, she stays IN THE BOX.


macrumors 6502a
Sep 24, 2008
Montréal, Canada
When asking siri to play songs by artist, it plays ALL the songs of said artist instead of the ones I have in my library.. (Apple Music + My Music )

Any way around this?


macrumors 6502a
Dec 13, 2006
There was definitely some good tips in here.

My current biggest annoyance is that when I add a playlist to my music, and I already have some of those songs, I end up with doubles inside of those albums.

Anyone having a similar issue or have a remedy?
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macrumors 6502
Apr 8, 2006
Any use of Siri while a song is actually playing interrupts the playback. What's the good of that?

If you use Siri on the Apple Watch, it doesn't interrupt playback at all, and is pretty frickin awesome. You don't even have to touch a button! Just look at your wrist, say "hey Siri, play some Daft Punk" and away it goes.

You can't add tracks to Up Next yet on the Watch, but that'll be there in a month or two with the next OS version, if I remember correctly. Controlling music by talking to my watch is my favorite thing about the Apple Watch so far.
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macrumors 68030
Mar 28, 2008
Manchester UK
In my opinion Siri is absolutely useless at playing music.

  1. Says the song is playing when its not.
  2. Can't play the song even though it's in the Aplle Music library.
  3. Plays the right song but the wrong artist. Ie a tribute artist.
Absolutely more trouble than it's worth.


macrumors 6502
Oct 18, 2005
Is there anyway to tell siri to never play a track by a specific artist again? Like can i remove the possibility of "Pearl Jam" from ever showing up on a playlist?


macrumors 65816
May 2, 2006
Simi Valley, CA
These are great features and I never think to use Siri for these things. However, in my mind, when I press Siri it should know the context of why I activated her and all I should have to say is: like, don't like, skip. Maybe in next months update.

The apple watch is going to help with a lot of the things. When I'm driving I prefer to use the apple watch to reply to a text instead of the car mic. It's just easier. Just add waze to my watch and I'll be super happy.


macrumors member
Nov 4, 2010
The only thing of interest I learned from this article is that Lory has great taste! Some of my faves :)
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