Apple may be preparing to allow users to select their default music and podcast apps, according to reports on the iOS 14.5 beta.
Apple has been loosening some of its control over iOS, giving users the ability to choose default applications. It began with allowing users to select their email client and web browser, instead of Mail and Safari. It appears Apple is taking it a step further, opening the door for users to select their default music and podcast apps.
According to users on Reddit, via MacWorld, once iOS 14.5 beta is installed, asking Siri to play a song prompts the user to select from a list of available services. Siri will then prompt the user to allow access to the app’s data. Once permission is given, Siri will use that app for future requests.
The results are still somewhat spotty, likely indicating the feature is still early in its development. Even so, if the feature makes it into the final version of iOS 14.5, it will give users significantly more choice and help Apple address concerns that its apps have an unfair advantage over third-party options.