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Apple, Spotify Discuss Siri Truce, as Antitrust Battle Looms

An issue that has long vexed many iPhone users—the inability to play music from Spotify using Siri, Apple’s voice assistant—may soon be a thing of the past.

Spotify, the world’s most popular streaming service, is currently discussing a plan with Apple to let iPhone users tell Siri to play songs, playlists and albums with voice commands, according to three people familiar with the discussions. 

The conversations come amid a growing regulatory battle between the two companies. In March, Spotify filed a complaint with European competition authorities about the iPhone maker’s business conduct, in which it said Apple blocked the streaming service from working with Siri. But it is unlikely peace will come between the companies anytime soon, even if they resolve their squabble over Siri. Spotify has argued that several other Apple policies—for instance, the 15% to 30% Apple commission from subscriptions sign-ups through iPhone apps—create an unfair advantage for its competing Apple Music service.  

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