Apple says iOS 14.5 doesn’t encourage users to set the default music player at all.

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Don’t worry though, the functionality still serves the same function somewhat.

Apple has discovered that the iOS 14.5 function that testers believed was used to set the default music player is simply a machine learning algorithm that lets Siri learn your media playback habits. The organisation makes it clear that there is no way to set the default media player.


Last month beta testers found that Apple had added a feature to iOS 14.5 allowing users to change the default music app, Apple Music, to any other third-party app they had installed. However, this does not appear to be the case.

On Friday, Apple cleared up some confusion regarding reports that iPhone users would be able to change their default music app in iOS 14.5. It says users cannot change the default player because there is no settings entry for that like there is for email and browser apps.

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Instead, the feature is part of Siri’s machine-learning algorithms. Apple told TechCrunch that when using Siri to playback content, it will ask you what app to use and “learn” your player preferences based on the media type.

For eg, you may choose to use Spotify to listen to music, but you want to use the native Books app to listen to audiobooks. Siri would try to “remember” these habits and use the right programme without prompting. However, as it is learning, it could ask again when faced with a similar but slightly different order, which is why Apple decided to make it clear that this was not the same as setting the default.

The differentiation is significant, but it does not affect the final result. Over time, Siri will learn which players you want to use for various types of content and launch them without asking. The ultimate action of Siri is almost similar to that of the default player, but much more granular.

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