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iOS 13 Siri Live Radio Feature Already Working for Some HomePod and iPhone Users in Germany

At WWDC in June, Apple said iOS 13 would bring live radio requests to Siri from iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and Radio.com, but it looks like that rollout is already underway ahead of the software's release in the fall.

Image via Macerkopf.de

Macerkopf.de this morning reports that some users in Germany are having success asking Siri to play live national radio stations over HomePods running the latest official software and via Apple Music on devices running iOS 12.

It's not clear how far the company has got in laying the groundwork for live radio ‌Siri‌ requests elsewhere, but Apple says that come the official global rollout in the fall, Apple device owners will have around 100,000 radio stations to choose from.

Other new features destined for HomePod this fall include Handoff for music, podcasts, and phone calls, as well as individual voice recognition for up to six users.


Apple says the latter feature will enable a personalized listening experience and personal access to messages, reminders, lists, and calendars, as well as the ability to make phone calls from the user's contacts.

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20 weeks ago

Four years after Alexa...

innovation!

no one cares. Stick with your surveillance hardware.
Rating: 4 Votes
20 weeks ago

I would like this on my iPhone natively. If the iPod could do it would love my phone too.. Surely with all the antennas in there it can pick up radio. Just saying, even in emergencies it would be useful, instead of relying on an app and data.

I'd like it too but to clarify it sounds like this is about internet radio. Actually picking up FM/AM stations via radio waves isn't supported, it sounds like, and instead this is live-streaming via wifi or mobile data.
Rating: 2 Votes
20 weeks ago
I would like this on my iPhone natively. If the iPod could do it would love my phone too.. Surely with all the antennas in there it can pick up radio. Just saying, even in emergencies it would be useful, instead of relying on an app and data.
Rating: 1 Votes
20 weeks ago
Anyone know if BBC stations will work?
Rating: 1 Votes
20 weeks ago
Working for me too, but it seems to be hit or miss depending on where the station is being sourced from. A majority of the stations in my area (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN) are on iHeart, so those all work fine. Recently tested it out with one of the stations in the area (KTCZ/Cities 97.1) and it worked like a charm! Radio.com stations (for the most part) are working too. The only ones I seem to be having trouble with are the TuneIn ones so far.
Rating: 1 Votes
20 weeks ago
Asked Siri (English) : "Play live Radio" , got Deutchlandfunk playing.

Non of my local channels seem to work.

Happy that at last we have an easy way to listen to "Normal" Radio, Hardware Radio on the iPhone should have long time ago be enabled, now it needs data, if they just had the (Hardware) radio enabled by default it would not cost people any data.
Rating: 1 Votes
20 weeks ago

It has been working in Australia since at least January. I asked them to "Play Triple J" for Hottest 100 and to my surprise it just worked.

Triple J has worked with Siri for a few years now. I think that's something they partnered with?
Rating: 1 Votes
20 weeks ago

Also working in Australia. I said “play radio station KIIS 1011”

It has been working in Australia since at least January. I asked them to "Play Triple J" for Hottest 100 and to my surprise it just worked.
Rating: 1 Votes

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