One of the most popular music streaming services is coming to your Echo device.
Apple Music is finally rolling out to Amazon's Echo smart speakers - starting in the US. While this line of devices wasn't lacking for choice in music, 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
To directly listen to Apple Music on your Echo, first enable the Apple Music skill in the Amazon Alexa app, then link your Apple Music account up to it, and from there, it's just a matter of telling Alexa what you want to hear. For instance, say, “Alexa, play the Beatles on Apple Music.”
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.
Which devices can play Apple Music?
The Apple Music skill is limited to Echo speakers. It will eventually work with third-party Alexa-enabled speakers, like Sonos devices, but not yet.
When will Apple Music be available for Echo devices?
Apple Music will be available on your Echo speakers from 14 December 2018.