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You Can Control Apple Music With Nothing But Your Voice

Dave LeClair 09-11-2015

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There are obvious commands, like “play Backstreet Boys” or telling Siri to play an album, but the real fun comes from getting into the more advanced commands, which is exactly what we’re going to show you today!


Shuffle. If you don’t want the music to just play in order, you can say “shuffle” followed by whatever you want to play. For example, you could say “shuffle Korn” or “shuffle No Strings Attached” to have the album play in a random order.

Play popular songs by artist. If you say “play artist name” without specifying a song or album, Siri will play a collection of popular songs by that artist.



Play top songs from a year. You can tell Siri to play the most popular songs with one simple command. For example, you can say “play the top songs from 1999” or “play the top songs from the 1970s”.

Add songs without pausing playback. If you’re currently at the end of a playlist, you can say “after this”. For example, you can say “after this, play Slipknot” and it will play when the song that’s currently running ends.

Find out which song is playing. You can say things like “what song is this” or “who sang this” and Siri will happily provide you with that information.


“Like” songs with your voice. Apple Music learns from the things you like, and you can simply say “like this song” to have Siri remember that you enjoyed it. This will alter the content of the “For You” section and help you find new music.

Add songs to your library. Liking a song will influence the “For You” page, but if you really like a song and want to go back to it at any time, you can say “add this song to my library” (for the currently playing song) or “add <song or album> to my library” for specifics.

How many of these did you know? Do you use voice commands with Apple Music? Drop a comment below!

Related topics: Apple Music, Siri.

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  1. Anonymous
    November 9, 2015 at 8:23 am

    You can also play playlists by saying the word 'playlist' before the name, e.g. 'Shuffle playlist driving music' will play that playlist shuffled.