There are many wireless speakers out there, but if you want to use voice commands to play Apple Music, there is only one option that is open to you at this time: HomePod. That will change, with the ability to play Apple Music on the Echo speaker …
Amazon has shared news on its blog.
Music has always been one of Alexa's most popular features and today we are pleased to announce that Apple Music will be available on Echo devices starting the week of December 17.
Customers will be able to ask Alexa to play their favorite songs, artists and albums – or any playlist made by Apple Music editors from around the world, including lots of activities and moods. Customers will also be able to ask Alexa to stream expert radio stations centered on popular genres such as Hip-Hop, decades like the 80s, and even music from around the world, such as K-Pop. Simply ask Alexa to play Beats 1 to listen to Apple Music's global live streaming including in-depth artist interviews – all completely ad-free.
This facility was added as Alexa skills. Once available, you can simply add the Apple Music skills in the Alexa application and then link your Apple Music account. After that, you will be able to use the command along the line ‘Alexa, asking Apple Music to play …’
The company has updated its product shots to display the Apple Music logo:
Amazon said that Apple Music would only be the latest integration of music streaming services offered.
Music is one of the most popular features on Alexa – since we launched Alexa four years ago, customers listened to more music in their homes than before. We are committed to offering great music providers to our customers and since launching the Music Skills API for developers last month, we have expanded music selection at Alexa to include even more top-level services. We are pleased to present Apple Music – one of the most popular music services in the US – to welcome Echo customers.
Amazon offers a variety of Echo speakers, from Dot (currently very discounted) to Echo Plus. The company does not say whether Apple Music will work with other speakers that support Alexa. This will be fantastic news if so, because this includes offers from respected audio companies such as Sonos, Bose and Harmon Kardon.
The decision by Apple to allow this is a further indication of the increasing importance of recurring service revenues to companies: more concerned about selling Apple Music subscriptions than HomePods.
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