Using Apple Shorcuts and Siri Shortcuts to control your musicBox


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Apple introduced Shortcuts in iOS 12 as a method for automating a sequence of actions. You can launch shortcuts from the Shortcuts App, from the iOS Today View, from the iOS Home screen, or by asking Siri.

Using Apple's Shortcuts Editor and CasaTunes' rich programming interface (REST API), you can create Shortcuts to just about automate anything you can do with the musicBox App

To help get started, we created a library of ready-to-use shortcuts you can browse, download and customize.  These ready-to-use shortcuts cover many common actions you are likely to want to automate in the musicBox, including shortcuts to control the music in a room, control playback, and select music.

Shortcuts provide an easy way to simplify and automate a complex sequence of actions. It even allows you to combine actions across multiple iOS Apps.

musicBox6 Shortcuts Library

The musicBox6 Shortcuts Library is available at

Getting Started

To get started with shortcuts, you will need:

Working with musicBox Shortcuts

This tutorial will walk you through the steps of installing, customizing and running a pre-made musicBox shortcut.

Step 1 - Download the shortcut

On your iOS device, open Safari and navigate to the musicBox Shortcuts Library ( on the musicBox6 web site (Support -> Apple Shortcuts Library)

Download the Music All Off shortcut.

Tap Get Shortcut.  If the shortcut you download is customizable, you will be prompted to configure the shortcut.

For this sample shortcut, you can configure the name of the music server.  By default the shortcut is configured to use musicBox, but if you changed the default name of your music server then you can specify the new name here. Other musicBox shortcuts allow you to configure other parameters, such as the room a shortcut should control, the amount to adjust the volume, etc.

Tap Done when finished.

After the shortcut is downloaded, the shortcut will be opened in the Shortcuts App in the Shortcuts Editor view

Step 2 - Changing the Shortcut Settings

You can change the settings for the shortcut, by tapping on the Settings button, in the Shortcuts Editor view.

On the Settings page, you can:

To add a Shortcut to the iOS Today View please refer to this guide (

Step 2 - Run the shortcut

Learn More

To learn more about using and managing shortcuts, please refer to the following guide (