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Apple Music's Siri-only Voice Plan is coming with iOS 15.2

Apple Music Voice Plan
Apple Music Voice Plan (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • The Voice Plan gives people access to Apple Music via Siri voice commands for just $4.99.
  • iOS 15.2 Release Candidate release notes say the tier will be available with the update.

Apple Music's new Voice Plan will go live with iOS 15.2, giving people a way to listen to music via Siri voice commands for just $4.99 per month. The feature is designed for people who use HomePods but will also be available for iPhone and other Apple devices. Voice Plan subscribers won't be able to use the traditional Apple Music app, however.

Apple's Voice Plan was announced alongside its new colorful HomePods back in October, and the new iOS 15.2 Release Candidate's release notes say it will be available when the update ships to everyone.

Apple says that users will even be able to sign up using Siri, too.

Users can subscribe to the Apple Music Voice Plan through Siri by saying "Hey Siri, start my Apple Music Voice trial," or by signing up through the Apple Music app. Once subscribed to the Apple Music Voice Plan, users can request music be played across all of their Siri-enabled devices, including HomePod mini, AirPods, iPhone, or any other Apple device, and when using CarPlay.

While this won't be the best iPhone music-listening experience, it'll be a great option for those who want to buy a HomePod but don't want to have to pay for an Apple Music subscription that they won't make full use of. At launch, Apple Music Voice Plan will be available in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

1 Comment
  • "Voice Plan subscribers won't be able to use the traditional Apple Music app, however." WTF? Why can't this just be integrated in the main Music app? Why does it have to be "this or the other"? Looks like Apple's giving most another reason to continue using or switch to Spotify. I don't find this competitive at all.