In 2019, Spotify The test started A device for car owners called it “Car thing, Which allowed Spotify Premium users to play music and podcasts Using voice commands That started with “Hey, Spotify.” Last year, Spotify Evolution began Similar audio integration in its mobile app. Now, access to the ‘Hey Spotify’ audio feature is rolling out more widely.

Spotify has chosen not to officially announce the new addition, despite numerous reports indicating that the audio option was appearing to many people in their Spotify app, leading to user confusion about the availability.

One early report before GSM circuit, For example, Android users have been sent a push notification alerting them to the feature. Notification advised users Just enable the microphone and say ‘Hey Spotify, play my favorite songs. “ Upon clicking on it, the notification launched Spotify’s new audio interface where users are prompted to give the app permission to use the microphone so they can verbally request the music they want to hear.

Soon, many outlets reported launching the feature for Android users, and this is only partially true.

As it turns out, the feature does make Its way to iOS devices, As well. When we launched the Spotify app here on an iPhone running iOS 14.5, for example, we found the same feature had already been deployed. Simply click on the microphone button next to the search box to access the audio experience. We asked and found that other iPhone users on different versions of iOS also have this feature, including Free users, Premium subscribers, and Premium Family Plan subscribers.

The screen that appears suggests big, bold text you could possibly say Hey Spotify Play … Followed by a random artist name. It also displays a big green button at the bottom to play “Hey Spotify”.

Once enabled, you can request artists, albums, songs, and playlists by name, as well as control playback with commands like pause, pause, skip that song, return, and more. Spotify confirms the command with a male voice automatically, by default. (You can switch to female voice in Settings, if you prefer.)

Image credits: Spotify iOS screenshot

This screen also alerts users that when the app hears the voice command “Hey Spotify”, it sends the user’s voice data and other information to Spotify. over there Link to Spotify’s policy regarding its use of audio dataWhich also explains that Spotify will collect transcripts of what you say as well as information about the content that was returned to you. The company says it may continue to use this data to improve the feature, develop new audio features, and target users with relevant ads. It may also share your information with service providers, such as cloud storage providers.

The policy appears to be the same as that used for audio-enabled Spotify ads. It was launched last year, So it doesn’t appear to have been updated to fully reflect the changes that were enabled with the launch of “Hey Spotify”. However, he notes that, like other voice assistants, Spotify not only records continuously – it waits for users to say the alert words.

Given the origins of the “Hey Spotify” voice command with “Car Thing,” there has been speculation that the mobile launch is an indication that the company is preparing to release its own devices to the wider audience in the near future. There are actually some pointers that could be true – MacRumors was recently reported Find references and images of Car Thing and its various mounts within the Spotify app code. This follows Disclosure of the vehicle thing in the FCC files Back in January of this year, which also sparked rumors that the device will be launched soon.

Spotify was reached for comment this morning, but has yet to provide any answers about the feature’s launch despite waiting a day. Instead, we are told that they “unfortunately don’t have any additional news to share at the moment”. It also indicates that some large projects could be linked to the launch of this minor feature.

Although today consumers are wary of the data collection methods of tech companies – especially their use of voice data after all three Technique Giants Acknowledge bad practices on this front – there is still a use case for voice commands, particularly from an accessibility standpoint, and for drivers, from a safety standpoint.

And while you can direct your voice assistant on your phone (or via CarPlay or Android Auto, if available) to play content from Spotify, some may find it helpful to be able to talk to Spotify directly – especially since. Apple does not allow Spotify to be set as the default music service. You can only Train Siri to launch Spotify as your preferred service.

However, if you have other ideas about using the “Hey Spotify” feature after enabling it, you can turn it off under “Voice Interactions” in the app’s settings.