Hey Siri, I don’t like Notorious B.I.G.

No offense Biggie, but when I ask HomePod to play something I’d like, I want it to play something I like.

A real-life dialog, inspired by an Apple HomePod ad:

Me: Hey Siri, play me something I’d like.

HomePod: Okay, I think you might enjoy starting with some Notorious B.I.G.

Me: Hey Siri, I don’t like Notorious B.I.G.

HomePod: Okay, here’s another song from your playlist Notorious B.I.G.

Me: Hey Siri, I don’t like this.

HomePod: Okay, I’ll remember that.

Me: Hey Siri, next.

HomePod serves up another Biggie. And another.

Bad Siri, bad. 

Mystery solved: Unbeknownst to me, my wife had asked HomePod to play some Hip Hop, and a Notorious B.I.G. album found its way onto my recently played list. Trying to delete Biggie song by song from the iPhone Music app only put him into heavy rotation. Finally had to open iTunes, find the album, and give Biggie Smalls the permanent heave ho.

My take: Hate to kick Siri when she’s down (see The Information: Why Siri Sucks), but I can’t wait for the HomePod to know more about me than that I sound like a human being (she’s a big fan). That joke is getting old.


  1. David Emery said:
    I think if Siri/HomePod played rap music for me, I’d unplug it!

    March 17, 2018
  2. Richard Wanderman said:
    I have a similar but different problem (not with Siri).

    Every time I plug my iPhone into my wife’s Honda CR-V via CarPlay, it starts playing music, and not any music I’ve played recently. I don’t have Apple Music, this is just some random music from my iTunes collection. I’ve never played music on that car via CarPlay, ever.

    Related to this, I decided I didn’t want any of that music in my iTunes collection anymore but when trying to delete everything by that artist, it had to be done song by song, not by artist or album.

    I’ve never been a fan of iTunes but I’m even less of one now.

    March 17, 2018
  3. Gregg Thurman said:
    Seems to there will be a lot of software upgrades on the way. Looking forward to v2 and beyond.

    March 18, 2018
  4. Fred Stein said:
    A, series of essays, in book form, was published in 1975, called, “The Mythical Man Month”. Wikipedia’s article explains more. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mythical_Man-Month

    Siri was implemented at SRI International and sold to Apple, before the recent advances in AI. Hence Siri suffers from 3 challenges: “First mover disadvantage”; culture clash of acquisitions; and poor management by Apple’s Forstall and later Cue. While I’d be thrilled to have done 1/10 of what Forstall and Cue have accomplished in their lives, Siri needs a rewrite. It’s very hard inside any organization to give that kind of bad news to a powerful leader.

    From Wikipedia, “The tendency for managers to repeat such errors in project development led Brooks to quip that his book is called “The Bible of Software Engineering”, because “everybody quotes it, some people read it, and a few people go by it”.[1] The book is widely regarded as a classic on the human elements of software engineering.[2]”

    March 18, 2018

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