I guess Siri won't talk to you about music unless you pay her boss? pic.twitter.com/b6Xwcf3EYR— Tom Conrad (@tconrad) October 26, 2015
Siri’s decision to withhold information is strange. Passive aggressive responses aren’t new for the assistant, but it feels like a little bit of a shakedown to tell a user the answer to their question requires a $10 a month subscription.
Of course, Siri might not be refusing to disclose the information—she might truly just not know the answer.
Reports have varied from Apple Music subscribers, but it appears that at least some of the 6.5 million people who pay for Apple’s take on streaming music can’t get Siri to answer the question either.
@tconrad I have a subscription and she says pretty much the same.— BLURLABS (@blurlabs) October 26, 2015
Others have reported Siri can in fact provide an answer and will take the user into Apple Music to show it.
Apple previously touted new Siri commands relating to music, including the ability to look up chart-topping songs from different eras. The request for that type of information is linked directly to Apple Music, so perhaps it’s not surprising that Siri wouldn’t be able to answer without access.
But it seems like Siri should still be able to answer the question—just prod the user to subscribe if they want to hear the song. At the very least, the assistant could send the user out to a web search to get the information.
We reached out to Apple for comment but have not heard back at the time of publication. However, if you’re still stuck wondering what the top song in the country is, just assume it’s something by Macklemore. It’s always something by Macklemore.