Apple Music's new Voice Plan will go live with iOS 15.2, giving people a way to listen to music via Siri voice commands for just $4.99 per month. The feature is designed for people who use HomePods but will also be available for iPhone and other Apple devices. Voice Plan subscribers won't be able to use the traditional Apple Music app, however.
Apple's Voice Plan was announced alongside its new colorful HomePods back in October, and the new iOS 15.2 Release Candidate's release notes say it will be available when the update ships to everyone.
Apple says that users will even be able to sign up using Siri, too.
Users can subscribe to the Apple Music Voice Plan through Siri by saying "Hey Siri, start my Apple Music Voice trial," or by signing up through the Apple Music app. Once subscribed to the Apple Music Voice Plan, users can request music be played across all of their Siri-enabled devices, including HomePod mini, AirPods, iPhone, or any other Apple device, and when using CarPlay.
While this won't be the best iPhone music-listening experience, it'll be a great option for those who want to buy a HomePod but don't want to have to pay for an Apple Music subscription that they won't make full use of. At launch, Apple Music Voice Plan will be available in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.