What can I say? A list of music-related Cortana voice commands


When you ask Cortana what commands it will accept for music its answer is not very helpful, mainly centring around “Play Aerosmith” or “What song is playing?”

The digital assistant can however accept many more commands.

See the full list after the break.

Play musicStarts playing your current playlist, will resume a paused one.
Play <genre>e.g play pop, jazz, rock.
Play <artist>Plays a specific artist.
Play <song>Plays a specific song.
Play <album>Plays a specific album.
Pause the musicWill pause the currently playing track.
Resume musicWill resume the currently playing track.
Shuffle the musicWill shuffle your current playlist
Play next trackSkip to the next track
Play previous trackReturns to the beginning of the current track or previous track.
Play <playlist>Plays one of our playlists.
What is playing?Starts Cortana’s music recognition service.

The commands are particularly useful when using a car kit that responds to button presses on the steering wheel by activating voice command, a feature that has become easier in WP8.1 Update 1 with the Cortana phone number.

Are there any other commands our readers have discovered? Let us know below and it will be added to the list.

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