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How to use Siri with the Music app on Apple TV

Apple Music's streaming music catalog has over ten million songs — far too huge to look through all by yourself. Instead, if you know what song, album, or artist you want to hear, or even if you only know what type of music you are in the mood for, ask Siri to play it for you on Apple TV.

Here are some things you can have Siri help you with in the Music app on Apple TV:

  • You can ask Siri to play a specific song by a specific artist.
  • You can ask Siri to play a specific album by a specific artist.
  • You can ask Siri to play any music by an artist.

  • You can ask Siri to start a station based on a music genre, like classic rock or R&B.
  • You can ask Siri to start a station based on the current song.
  • You can ask Siri to start a station based on a specific song, album, or artist.
  • If you know the name of a playlist, you can ask Siri to play it.
  • You can ask Siri to repeat a song.

  • You can ask Siri to skip a song.
  • You can ask Siri to play a song from the beginning.
  • You can ask Siri to pause or play.
  • You can ask Siri to skip ahead or back 10 seconds.
  • You can tell Siri when you love or hate a song and she will make sure Apple Music knows.

What are some things you've learned that Siri can do with your music on Apple TV?

Lory is a renaissance woman, writing news, reviews, and how-to guides for iMore. She also fancies herself a bit of a rock star in her town and spends too much time reading comic books.  If she's not typing away at her keyboard, you can probably find her at Disneyland or watching Star Wars (or both).

3 Comments
  • Please would iMore take up the gauntlet of lobbying for the return of proper support for Genius playlists? I'm not a subscriber to Apple Music, so the new "stations" don't work for me. I am a subscriber to iTunes Match though,and I have a large music library of my own, so the feature I've used very successfully for years has been Genius playlists. But the Music app on the new Apple TV doesn't support Genius at all. Even on the iPhone and iPad, the Genius functions are becoming less reliable. Pleeeease help to raise the profile of the missing and decaying Genius functionality. Many non-Apple-Music subscribers will appreciate it. Loving your work.
  • As you noted, "You can ask Siri to play a specific song by a specific artist". However, it is important to note that it has to be song title first, followed by artist name. If you give the artist name first, and then a song, Siri will reply: Hmm, I'm not finding anything for that. This happens even if you state the artist's name without using the possessive. It is this kind of inconsistency that drives me nuts about Siri. Same data points in the request, but one fails and the other succeeds simply because of the order. One Siri command I've found useful without fail is: show albums by artist. That query gets a screen display of Top Songs first, and just underneath the Top Albums and their cover art. Just below that are Top Videos, and the last line shows ALL of the artist's or group's or composer's albums. Clicking on songs or videos plays them, while an album click shows the entire contents ready to be selected. Very useful finding trick when you are not sure of song titles. A complaint now. Siri needs to know what she (it?) doesn't know. If I ask for composer Kurt Weil (who wrote Mac the Knife among other music, and whose name is pronounced Veil) I get the estimable Kurt Vile, and nothing else. There is no way to see any of Kurt Weil's oeuvre without spelling W E I L for Siri. Homonyms like Vile and Weil should result in Siri offering a choice.
  • Hi,
    I've yet to figure out how to get Siri to play a completely random selection of music. If I tell it to Shuffle all songs, it just shuffles the album I'm already playing.
    Same with shuffle all albums...
    How do I get a completely random selection without having to do it manually?
    Thanks! Sent from the iMore App