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Control Spotify Music on Xbox One With Cortana Voice Commands | News & Opinion

Spotify now works with Cortana on Xbox One, letting you play, skip, and pause songs with your voice, without ever leaving your game. At launch, this feature is only available in the US. To try it out, just update your Spotify app, or download it from the Microsoft Store.

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Control Spotify Music on Xbox One With Cortana Voice Commands | News & Opinion

Creating a soundtrack for your next Xbox One gaming session is about to get a lot easier, thanks to Spotify and Cortana.

The music-streaming service just announced a "new and improved" experience on Microsoft's game console. Most notably, Spotify now works with Cortana on Xbox One, letting you play, skip, and pause songs with your voice, without ever leaving your game. At launch, this feature is only available in the US.

"Simply say 'Hey Cortana, play my playlist on Spotify,' … for seamless voice control of your music without taking your fingers off the controller or pausing your play," Spotify Product Manager Isabelle Forslund wrote in a Wednesday blog post.

The update also makes it easier to access your recently played tracks, the "Made for You" hub offering recommendations based on your listening history, and your full Spotify library, the company said. Spotify's Gaming Hub also offers curated gaming playlists.

"Once logged in, Spotify listeners can instantly start the music via the Spotify App in the Xbox One Guide and enjoy additional features like shuffle and repeat for those hours-long gaming sessions," Forslund wrote.

To try these new features, update your Spotify app, or download it from the Microsoft Store.

Spotify first arrived on Xbox One last year. The app works with the free and premium versions of Spotify, letting you play saved music, search Spotify's full library, and browse playlists using your Xbox One controller, and now your voice. You can also control playback on your Xbox wirelessly from the Spotify app on your phone, tablet, or desktop using Spotify Connect.

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