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

1. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Virgin detected.

23. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

You're talking about yourself?

2. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

That's not cool at all.

44. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

So when is that ANTI TRUST suit being filed against Apple? Its getting out of hand and no one is slapping them down....

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Wow, how does a company that rich sink that low.... Or wait that's how they got that rich I guess.

4. Wolf_Blitza

Posts: 64; Member since: May 30, 2014

I don't see the issue here, the solution is simple - get Apple Music. A full Siri experience is one of the perks. Team Apple

28. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Wow, so what else can they withold to make you do things? Dance puppet dance!

41. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

No thanks thats exactly what been a sheep is...

5. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

hahaha Apple has got to be the most low down company in the world.

45. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Yep. Its all about the $$ and nothing about the end user experience... As BobbyBuster says, sure there's no money made on Android - but thats because Google isn't that low and have respect the end user experience..

6. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Wow, thats just low, even for Apple. Why don't they just go ahead and block earphone usage since people aren't using Apple official earphones? Or block charging cos people aren't using official cables? Oh wait, they actually did that once didn't they?

9. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That's not to stop you from using earphones, it is just to force you buy new ones and pay extra because the headphone makers will have to pay a license fee to use the new jack. The dumb sheep will go right out and buy them.

27. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

That patent will never fly, the design is flawed since it goes from a 360° plug to a limited one that might break the pins or at the very least will lose connection when rotated

51. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The reality is, smartphones and tablets dont need headphone jacks at all. microUSB, Apple's own Lightning connector and USB Type C, all have the capability to send audio over 2 of the pins which is all you need. The problem is, the headphones would also need to be powered by the port as well, but shouldn't be a huge deal as you only need enough power to drive the speakers, which is the same as a headphone jack does already. So devices like phones could easily already be as thin as one of those connectors. Why no one is even using this option makes no sense.

21. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Going that low even after being the richest company in the world.

32. PopeFrancis

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Apple is not the richest company in the world. It has the highest market capitalization, but that does not mean it hast the most assets.

36. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Thanks for the info. As expected from the Pope lol.

46. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Does Apple have any assets at all? A few buildings, and store rentals..

50. PopeFrancis

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Yes they do, cash is also an asset, so they have plenty. I think their assets are around 750 billion, of which about 200 billion is cash. That does not make them the richest, but I mean, they could let Siri answer your music questions without an Apple Music subscription, and still they would be very healthy financially, that is just greedy.

52. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well they have the campus', Apple Stores, Steve Jobs house, there US factory(ies) and a few data centers. They have more stores vs anything else.

7. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Wow....That's just craziness. You can't ask certain questions unless your giving Apple more money. Am I going to need a Google Music subscription to ask Google Now questions about music? WTF.

8. Sakeem

Posts: 857; 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: 949; 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.

47. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Its the Microsoft vs Netscape class action all over again - Yet the US DOJ does nothing. They probably all use iphones.. Corruption travelling deep into the US departments Time for that Anti Trust suit to start

54. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well Netscape vs Microsoft is totally opposite of what Apple is doing here, but I understand what you my have been trying to say. The problem here is no one should be charging for free and available information. That would be like a book store charging you for a printed copy of the US Constitution, which you could download and print yourself FREE directly from the US Government.

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That's bush league, even for Apple.

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.

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?

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