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Is there a list of possible voice commands anywhere?

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Phone Commands

Call a contact “Call” or “dial” plus the person’s name or nickname as entered into your address book. Optionally add the phone number type at the end, such as “home”, “work”, “mobile”. For example, “Dial John Smith Work” or “Call Mum”.

Call a number “Call” or “Dial” plus the number, just as you would recite it usually. For example, “Dial 555 9592″.

Make a correction Say “not that one”, “wrong”, “nope”, “no”, or “not that”.

Music Commands

Start music Say “play” or “play music”.

Play from a specific playlist Say “play playlist” and the name of the playlist. For example, “Play playlist gym songs”.

Play from a specific album Say “play album” plus the name of the album. For example “Play album Dark Side Of The Moon”.

Play from a specific artist Say “play artist” plus the name of the artist. For example, “Play artist Pink Floyd”. The alternate “Play songs by” plus the name of the artist has also been reported to work.

Pause music Say “pause” or “pause music”.

Skip to next song Say “next song”. The shorter “next” has also been reported to work.

Go back to previous song Say “previous song”.

Shuffle the current playlist Just say “shuffle”.

Turn on Genius feature Say “Genius”, “play more like this”, or “play more songs like this”.

Get information about the current track Say “what’s playing”, or for more specific information say “what song is this”, “who sings this song”, or “who is this song by”.

Misc Commands

Ask the time Say “what is the time” or “what time is it”.

Cancel voice control Simply say “cancel”. With iOS 4 you can also say “stop”.

Get help Say “help”.

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Some of your lines are *'ed, with no explanation. What are the *'s? – Jason Salaz Dec 4 '10 at 2:21
They just link to a forum post, check my original attribution link at the top. I've removed them from this post. – Josh Newman Dec 4 '10 at 18:49

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