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Apple TV gets Siri music controls with tvOS 9.1 beta

by Jacob Kleinman | November 10, 2015November 10, 2015 7:10 am PDT

The new Apple TV wasn’t able to search for music using Siri when it first launched, but Cupertino now has a fix. The latest beta of Apple’s tvOS includes the option, which is demonstrated in the video above, though it’s only available for developers at the moment.

The new feature was spotted by iDownloadBlog. Using it, you can search for an artist, album or song to pull up a list of options, or just tell Siri to play it instead and start listening immediately. You can also say “Play Beats 1” to quickly launch Apple’s online radio station.

The Siri controls for Apple Music seem pretty impressive. Siri even recognizes that a search for “churches” is actually the band Chvrches and not a request for religious music.

For now, this new feature is only available for developers running the latest tvOS beta. There’s no word on when an official update will rollout, though Apple previously said it won’t happen until next year.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...