Siri refuses to answer certain questions about music unless you're an Apple Music subscriber

Siri refuses to answer certain questions about music unless you're an Apple Music subscriber
Like a stubborn child who won't answer your question until you give him a cookie, it appears that Siri can be quite petulant. Ask Apple's voice activated personal assistant a question related to music, and she might not answer unless you are a subscriber to Apple Music. Angel investor Tom Conrad asked Siri what the most popular song in the U.S. is at the moment, and was told that "she" couldn't look up the music charts because he was not an Apple Music subscriber.

Another request made of Siri, to find out the top song in the U.S. in March 1983, produced the same result. An Apple Music subscriber asking the same question not only was given the answer, but also got to hear the song play. By the way, asking the question on Google Now produced a chart showing Billboard's top songs for March and April 1983.

Obviously, it seems that Apple is set on getting iOS users to subscribe to its streaming music service. Non-subscribers, at the very least, might have been sent to a link that could provide them with the answer. Instead, Siri has turned into a shill for Apple Music, and the result does not sound harmonious to iOS users.


source: TheVerge via CultofMac

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54 Comments

58. Mike.H

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

So strange.

57. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 657; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Tim Cook is a bad man.

48. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

But I always thought apple users like to be slaved :P makes perfect sense

43. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Siri seems to be butthurt now like many of its fans.

42. ModMenTV

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

I don't mind it so much, you know why? Because I will look up the song from a 3rd party app and listen/download said song, you don't have to utilize Apple's applications they offer, there are lots of ways to get what you want without them but still have their phone. OR! Just don't own their phone? Now if I did enjoy the iPhone that I owned, and if I did in fact enjoy the applications, I might throw a fit regarding this as they have a feature "Siri" that will not complete all functions without my monthly payment.

38. SSJSim

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

Meanwhile I was able to choose to play music on Poweramp, the stock music player or Play Music with Google Now when I had Android. One of the few things I miss about Android, the freedom of choice. In a nutshell, Android: We strongly recommend that you do this. User: Okay but can I do this? Android: Sure. iOS: We strongly recommend that you do this. User: Okay but can I do this? iOS: No you have to go with what we recommend. But then again... When it comes to extreme customization, here's how it'd go: *Android* User: AH dammit! Now it keeps saying the SystemUI has stopped working. I'm stuck. Android: Sorry. It's on you. You did it so you gotta fix it. *iOS* User: Good thing you didn't let me do it. Android users who did the same thing had their devices crash. Good looking out! iOS: Welcome.

56. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I was with you until the last 2 sections: *Android* User: AH dammit! Now it keeps saying the SystemUI has stopped working. I'm stuck. Android: Sorry. It's on you. You did it so you gotta fix it How it really goes: User: Ah dammit! Now it keeps saying the System UI has stopped working and I'm Stuck Android: just remove the software that you just installed and problem is solved. iOS User: I updated by device with Apple's new firmware a month ago, now apps are crashing, UI is laggy and the camera is taking bad photos IOS: We will fix it in the next update, you have to deal with it because you can't remove an older firmware after Apple takes it off the server in one month (or less).

37. Monsterhunter

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

Lmao good for them. Hacking time. Lol

31. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

Maybe Apple bought all the music in the world.. who knows, they can afford it...

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

As Brian Tong would say: bad apple.

29. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

yet you keep supporting the "bad apple" and go by just about whatever they do. *meh darkkjeddi meh*

30. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Every company in this world are bad at something. And he does hate Apple's wrongdoings, their product's problems like iOS 8 bugs and thats a good thing. Unlike certain people around here.

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said Podrick. +1 yo.

35. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

I'll have to give credit where its due. While I don't agree with some of your opinions, you're one of the most unbiased user here.

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I totally respect that man.

55. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes you are 100% correct, every company is bad at something. here is the difference at leats in the USA. Companies like Microsoft and Intel were hammered by the DOJ for their anti-competitive practices. Apple who si doing the same thing, is breaking the same laws. This isn't about liek or dislike...its about wrong and right. Its not about who gets pinned for doing wrong the most, its who shoudl get pinned period. When Microsoft was doing their dirt I didn't support them. I didn't buy their products either. Intel? For 5 years I stopped using Intel PC's and went to using AMD. For example. In the I helped a friend get his PC repair store off the ground. We worked hard to het motherboards directly from Asus using both Intel and AMD chips. After Intel did their dirt, we only sold Intel options at the very high end to force lower sales of Intel chips and we pushed the AMD systems more. Again, if Microsoft forced you to use Internet Explorer to open web links even with 3rd party browsers installed, the customer's would be all up in arms about it. But Apple is allowed to get away with it simply because their defined market-share is smaller, yet their influence is equally as big? That's wrong! if you like paying for stuff that is normally free, then keep buying their stuff. I'm not telling anyone not to buy it. I will say you are stupid for doing so. Right now I use Samsung stuff, because it was the best highend replacement available vs Apple. If Samsung did this, I would drop them too and either go back to Windows Phone/Blackberry or try some other brand. All corporations are greedy. FINE! But I have my own morals where I judge what I think is or isn't acceptable. Charging me for free things, or charging extra money but not giving me anything for it, like half-assed upgrades top my would top my list. We are down to two Apple device sin my home. My wife is selling her Air 2 because she wants a Surface Pro 4, by kid has an iPad Mini (1st gen) which I am selling and he will get something else of his choice. he stopped using ti anyways now that he uses one of the PC's in the house. Apple is deceptive, greedy and cheap all at the same time.

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Don't wait for an explanation, as to why I spend my money on what I want. You'll be waiting a long time.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Haha! That has got to be the dumbest thing ever. Apple wants to force you to use their services that you don't even need for something so simple. The downside to closed platforms. However, this isnt an issue on any other closed platform I can think of. If Microsoft did this with Windows, the DOJ would have their nose all in Microsoft's crack. But Apple can get away with it. I suggest the iOS users just use Google and get the results. Why pay 9.99 for information that is free and readily available on the internet at no cost. But I can picture some stupid idiot, actually subscribing to the service, just to get their question answered, because they are to stupid to remember they can just Google the infomation which was free in the first place.

20. middlehead

Posts: 486; Member since: May 12, 2014

The only reasonable explanation I can see for this is that subscribers are supposed to get the song to play but non-subscribers should get a denial for that, and somebody's just buggered the code.

19. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Siri's refusing it wrong.

18. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

#Sirigate

17. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

It's just apple being apple.

14. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Because everyone using Spotify lol.. apple trying to lure all the iUsers to apple music.. so sad

13. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Wow. Playing the song, etc. I can see needing Apple Music for, but blocking simple information? Is Apple the 4th Reich?

49. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Whats amazing about this....you just reminded me... Apple is an American company...Samsung isnt....and yet here we have Apple acting like a foreign government. But of course this will get defended be the fanatics.

12. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Inb4 Apple releases new DLC called iQuestions so you can ask Siri whatever you want without getting "sorry" for an answer.

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3202; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That's bush league, even for Apple.

8. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Wow! Waiting to hear how this is defended. Also, if people are ok with this, what else will follow............you wont get directions unless you use Apple maps exclusively??

11. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I would not be surprised if that did come next. Such BS.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well actually yes. Because asking direction will by default open in Apple Maps, even if you another application installed, whether it was free or you paid for one. Just like all links force you to use safari so Apple can brag about how people love safari, simply because they are forced to use it. iOS is the only platform where you can set you own default application to open a link/file type. Yet their influence on the market is equal if not higher than Microsoft, no matter how little the marketshare claim is. Yet the DOJ doesn't step in and call anti-competitive. You aren't suppose to be able to force people to use your stuff if they liek other stuff. But everyone talks about how they love Apple controlling their lives and leading them around liek a bunch of mindless school children. What is funny is, many people won't even remember that such information is public domain and should show up on any Google results. I think I can find a lawyer in California who would love to file a class action lawsuit. In fact I may just contact the same one that si presently suing Apple over the Apple Assist application.

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