Voice Control is a feature available on the iPhone 3GS that allows users to speak to their iPhones and have the iPhones speak back. The feature works with both the iPod and phone apps of the iPhone 3GS.
When it comes to music, Voice Control is especially useful if your iPhone is in a pocket or backpack and you want information about what you're hearing or to change what's playing. Here's how to use Voice Control with music:
Activate Voice ControlFirst, you have to activate Voice Control. This can be done via the home button or remote on the iPhone 3GS' included earphones. Wait to hear a double beep and/or see the Voice Control app appear onscreen.
Getting Information About Music
You can ask the iPhone basic questions about the music that's playing such as "what song is this," "what artist is this," "what album is this," and "what playlist is this?" You don't need to ask those questions in that exact language, either. Voice Control is flexible, so it can also respond to questions like "what's playing?"
After you ask the question, a slightly robotic voice will tell you the answer.
Voice Control can also help you control what's playing on the iPhone's iPod app. Try commands like:
Play songs by (name of artist)
Play (name of song)
Play (album or playlist name)
Play next song
Just as with questions, try different versions of these commands. Voice Control understands many of them.
Voice Control Accuracy with Music
While Voice Control is undoubtedly a great feature, when it comes to using it to control the iPod app, the experience is marred by the speech recognition not working as well as it might. Learn more about this topic and share your experiences.