Apple Music is now available Amazon Echo speakers in the US and UK.
While Echo devices weren't lacking for music choice with Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and others all available, this is good news for those of you who are using Apple Music as your main way of listening to tunes.
How to ask Alexa to play Apple Music tunes your Echo device
The set-up process is very similar to how you set up Apple Music on Fire TV.
- First, enable the Apple Music skill in the Amazon Alexa app.
- Then, link your Apple Music account up to the Alexa app.
- From there, it's just a matter of telling Alexa what you want to hear. Say, “Alexa, play the Beatles on Apple Music.”
Apple Music will be available to select as your "Default Music Library" as well as your "Default Station". Choose whatever you prefer.
While Apple Music has been available on Sonos and Android devices, this is a surprising move, given Apple's strategy of keeping its software mostly exclusive to its own devices. If anything, it's evidence of a growing thaw in the relationship between Apple and Amazon. Recently, the two even struck a deal, allowing Apple products such as the Apple TV and iPad to be sold on Amazon's website.
Only time will tell if these deals are so-called one-off situations between the two tech giants, or instead, the start of a great relationship that could make our lives a lot easier. Now if only Amazon and Google could do the same thing. We'd love to natively access YouTube on our Echo Show.