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iOS 5: Siri and iTunes Match iOS devices
With the advent of iTunes Match and the iPhone's intelligent assistant, Siri, comes an interesting twist on the familiar.

Siri can play music for you from your Music app. That makes sense. What is more interesting, though, is that it can initiate a download for a song if it is only in the cloud, but not on your device.

I deleted my whole music library from my iPhone (having switched to Spotify) and wondered what Siri would do if I asked it to play me a song. I had iTunes Match turned on, and Siri started playing my iTunes Match library like it was on the iPhone. I tried throwing it off by asking it to play an artist that hadn't been downloaded, and it was able to pull down the track. How nifty!

[crarko adds: It does indeed sound quite nifty. Slightly, off-topic, when editing this hint I found the author continually using the pronoun 'she' when referring to Siri. Apple consistently uses 'it,' and I've edited this accordingly. My question to you all is, do you think of Siri as an 'it,' or a 'she?' There may be another poll coming about that, since I find it very interesting (and actually pretty cool) how we anthropomorphize these technologies.]
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iOS 5: Siri and iTunes Match
Authored by: steve413 on Nov 29, '11 07:41:29AM

In UK English Siri is a 'he', or at least has a masculine voice. So I think you should leave 'it' intact for international relevance if nothing else.



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iOS 5: Siri and iTunes Match
Authored by: cdfmrl on Nov 29, '11 07:43:40AM

Well, Siri in the UK uses a man's voice, so it would be a 'he'. 'It' is more universal.



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iOS 5: Siri and iTunes Match
Authored by: le_nombril on Nov 29, '11 07:52:30AM

French Siri has a male voice too.



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iOS 5: Siri and iTunes Match
Authored by: airhead3 on Nov 29, '11 08:25:04AM

Just wanted to point out that to say that Siri initiates a download is misleading. iOS 5 handles requests to play songs on iTunes Match that are not already on the device by streaming them (technically I'm sure it downloads the track, but it doesn't save that download to your local music library). A track is only downloaded to the device if the iCloud download icon is selected. Siri, then, is only persisting the default behavior of the Music app when a song not resident on the device is selected.



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iOS 5: Siri and iTunes Match
Authored by: tchenj on Nov 29, '11 05:55:13PM

I'm not sure if I have a different preference set somewhere in settings, but after playing the song, it appears in my music library and can be 'deleted' reverting it to downloadable status. This leads me to believe that the music is 'downloaded' not 'streamed', but I may be wrong.



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iOS 5: Siri and iTunes Match
Authored by: jbolden1517 on Nov 29, '11 08:27:05AM

Put me down for "she" (American). And if I get 3 votes wife and daughter both use she for Siri as well.



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iOS 5: Siri and iTunes Match
Authored by: swanksalot on Nov 29, '11 08:29:44AM

if you ask Siri, “Are you a male or female?”, Siri responds, “I was not assigned a gender"



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iOS 5: Siri and iTunes Match
Authored by: crarko on Nov 29, '11 12:24:36PM

Best answer yet. :)



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iOS 5: Siri and iTunes Match
Authored by: kiltbear on Nov 29, '11 10:14:18AM

Siri is an it (IMO) but I often think of it as her.

That written, the use of a feminine pronoun would have had no negative affect on the clarity of the post, so why change it? Are all posts are corrected for proper grammar?



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iOS 5: Siri and iTunes Match
Authored by: crarko on Nov 29, '11 12:29:56PM

My goal is to have the hints be readable, but there are, in fact, certain stylistic guidelines I also try to follow. Not always successfully, to be sure.



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iOS 5: Siri and iTunes Match
Authored by: dzurn on Nov 29, '11 12:15:25PM

Don't anthropomorphize Siri.

She hates that.

;)

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iOS 5: Siri and iTunes Match
Authored by: tchenj on Nov 29, '11 06:00:03PM

I suppose Apple did an excellent job giving Siri humanity. A voice shouldn't decide gender, so my apologies for pigeonholing Siri into the female gender. However, I do think the intent is to call Siri by the 3rd person feminine singular in the US, and so for clarity with my fellow US citizens I refer to Siri as 'her'. This thread is getting very Isaac Asimov :-)



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Hello...
Authored by: slb on Nov 29, '11 06:20:58PM

Siri backwards is Iris! Come on folks. I'm up at 2:20AM and I just realized that! :)
SHE. Not even in Britain are men named Iris!



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iOS 5: Siri and iTunes Match
Authored by: TechnoBob on Nov 30, '11 08:37:45PM

...and of course "Iris" is the attempt by an Android team to copy Siri's capabilities.



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iOS 5: Siri and iTunes Match
Authored by: jeaginsky on Nov 30, '11 09:17:17PM

perhaps a side thread, but i find it interesting that the apple socio-anthropology dept acknowledged that the US base is more comfortable with a female-voiced assistant while in the UK a male-voice would be more accepted.



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iOS 5: Siri and iTunes Match
Authored by: Mac Berry on Dec 02, '11 05:53:28AM

I suspect it has more to do with the best voice they could create with the appropriate accent.



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iOS 5: Siri and iTunes Match
Authored by: stewarsh on Dec 01, '11 11:24:31AM

Regarding the downloading of the song this is a feature of iTunes Match and not Siri. If you check the documentation, the "agent" will also remove songs that are not played very often(or not at all) from your phone to conserve space and then re-download them if do decide to play them.



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iOS 5: Siri and iTunes Match
Authored by: Mac Berry on Dec 02, '11 05:55:30AM

Its a feature of Siri that it correctly initiates the "agent's" actions, which is what the hint was about.



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iOS 5: Siri and iTunes Match
Authored by: etchie on Apr 04, '12 10:57:13PM

Funny you should mention this. I recently got the 4S (less than a fortnight ago) and my wife has made fun of me ever since because I keep referring to Siri as "she." She thinks I'm way too into my phone. In reality, it's just that I'm constantly reminded that the person's voice is a woman's voice every time she speaks. The other commenter makes a good point though. It would make sense to remember to say "it" since the UK version is a male's voice.



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