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You can now ask Siri to play songs using the Tidal app, but not on HomePods

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What you need to know

  • Siri support has been added to the latest version of the Tidal app for Apple devices.
  • Tidal subscribers can now ask Siri to play a song via the updated app for the first time.
  • Siri support via HomePods is still unsupported art this time.

Tidal has released a new update for its iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV app that adds support for Siri while also fixing bugs and making performance improvements.

While performance improvements and bug fixes are always welcome, it's the inclusion of new Siri support that will no doubt capture the attention of most App Store release notes readers. It's a feature that has been a long time coming, but now it's here it allows people to ask Siri to play songs from Tidal's library for the first time.

The full — admittedly, brief — rundown of changes in Tidal 2.44.0 reads:

In this version:

  • You can now ask Siri to play with TIDAL!
  • We fixed bugs and made performance improvements.
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However, as XDA Developers has pointed out, this doesn't mean that your HomePod mini will be able to handle Siri-based requests just yet. For that, you'll need to use Apple Music or one of the other supported services. Tidal, as of now, is not one of them.

Those who already have the Tidal app installed should see the new update available for download via the App Store now. Everyone else can go and get the Tidal app (opens in new tab) afresh now. It's a free download with a free tier available in the United States. Paid plans are available with a 30-day trial, too.

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.