Old Microsoft Voice Command Gets No Respect as Former MS Social Media Guru Touts Voice DJ

Microsoft has apparently become the Rodney Dangerfield of computing. I say this because even its former voice of social media is wowwed by an iPhone app that does something Microsoft Windows Mobile could do five or more years ago. Robert Scoble (Scobleizer) wrote:

Exclusive first look: The voice app that makes iTunes voice controllable

The currently unreleased iPhone app “Voice DJ” can use speech commands to control iTunes music play. It understands commands like:

Play song name
Play artist name
Play song name by artist name
Play artist name song name
Play album name
Play playlist name
Add song name to the playlist
Add artist name to the playlist
Add album name to the playlist

Here’s the funny thing. I remember doing just that years ago – at least as far back as 2005 and perhaps even before that using Microsoft Voice Command on a Pocket PC or Pocket PC Phone Edition device. Here’s the online documentation for Voice Command’s music playback on Windows Mobile 6.5 devices.

Playing Music by Using Voice Command

Some Voice Command speech commands include:

Play Anything
Play Music Play Media
Play Album Play Artist Play Genre
Play album Play artist Play genre Play album by artist
Next Track
Previous Track
Play
Pause
Stop
Turn Shuffle On
Turn Shuffle Off
What Song Is This What Track Is This