iOS 14.5 will let you set a default music app when using Siri

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What you need to know

  • Apple's upcoming iOS 14.5 update will allow users to select a default music streaming app for the first time.
  • Those running the current iOS 14.5 beta can test the feature now

Apple's iOS 14.5 update will add a feature that allows users to select a new default music streaming app, according to reports. As multiple people have noted, the current iOS 14.5 beta has the feature available right now.

According to various Reddit users via MacRumors, asking Siri to play music should see it ask which app you want it to play from. That default will then be set for future use.

First spotted by Reddit users, the first time you ask ‌Siri‌ to play a song in iOS 14.5, you are given the option to choose from a list of installed third-party music streaming apps in addition to Apple Music.

However, it does appear that the feature is in its early days, with some people reporting that the default setting does reset itself sometimes. Thats why Apple runs these beta programs, of course.

The same default settings should also be available to podcast players, while Apple already lets users select new defauts for email and web browsers. All of this comes as Apple continues to be put under a microscope with relation to how its own apps have a unfair advantage compared to those offered by third party developers in the App Store.

Apple's iOS 14.5 beta 1 is now in the hands of developers as well as those who are part of the public beta program. All being well we can expect the update to be made available to all in a matter of weeks.

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.