How to Control Apple Music and HomePod With Siri

February 9, 2018 ( Speaker )
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Apple Music on iPhones, iPads and Macs can be controlled via touch, mouse or keyboard input but on the HomePod, it’s a different story. Voice commands are the key here.

You can stream music on HomePod using AirPlay, but if you want to use your HomePod for things other than music streaming, you’ll have to start practicing talking a bit and Apple has you covered with a few commands.

Basic Audio Controls

For starters, you can say “Hey Siri, Play some music.” Once the song starts playing, you can control playback with these commands.

  • Play
  • Stop
  • Pause
  • Skip Back/Forward
  • Repeat this album, or repeat this track, and turn repeat off
  • Shuffle this album
  • Turn shuffle on, turn shuffle off

Specific Audio Control

For a bit more specific audio control, you can try these commands.

  • Hey Siri, play some trance
  • Hey Siri, play some rap from my library
  • Hey Siri, play beats one

For more specific commands, you can try asking Siri to play one of your playlists.

Your Playlist

If you have playlist named as “Trance,” you can say “Hey Siri, play my Trance playlist” and it will stream that playlist.

While creating such playlists, you need to be specific when giving commands. If you say “Hey Siri, play some pop music,” it will pull content from all of Apple Music but if you want it play from your own library, just add my to your commands.

You can also tell it play a specific radio station, like “Hey Siri, play rap radio.”

Like/Dislike a Song

Songs can be marked liked or disliked by saying, “Hey Siri, i like/dislike this song.” It’s also the fastest way to like or dislike songs as Apple removed that feature from the lock screen music controls.

These commands also work on your iPhone and iPad.

We hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you want us to create a tutorial on anything else, let us know in the comments below!

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