There are many wireless speakers, but if you want to use a voice command to play Apple Music, at the moment there is only one option: HomePod. This is about to change, with the ability to play Apple Music on Echo speakers …
Amazon shared the news on its blog.
Music has always been one of Alexa’s most popular features, and today we’re excited to announce that Apple Music will be available on Echo devices starting December 17th.
Customers can ask Alexa to play their favorite songs, artists, and albums — or any playlists made by Apple Music editors from around the world, covering many activities and moods. Customers will also be able to ask Alexa to pass on radio stations made by experts, in the center of attention of popular genres such as Hip-Hop, decades like the 80s and even music from around the world, such as K-Pop. Just ask Alex to play Beats 1 to hear the Apple Music global life cycle, including in-depth interviews with artists – they are all absolutely free.
The object is added as an Alexa skill. Once it is available, you simply add the Apple Music skill to the Alexa app, and then connect your Apple Music account. After that, you can use the command in accordance with Alexa, ask Apple Music to play … "
The company has already updated its product images to display the Apple Music logo:
Amazon says Apple Music will be the latest support for streaming music service.
Music is one of Alexa's most popular features since we launched Alexa four years ago, customers listen to more music in their homes than ever before. We are committed to offering great music providers for our customers, and since the launch of the Music Skill API for developers just last month, we have expanded our choice of music to Alexa to include even more top-level services. We are very pleased to offer Apple Music – one of the most popular music services in the USA – for Echo customers on this holiday.
Amazon offers a range of Echo columns, from Dot (currently largely discounted) to Echo Plus. The company does not say whether Apple Music will work with other speakers that support Alexa. This would be fantastic news if this were the case, as these were offers from respected audio companies such as Sonos, Bose and Harmon Kardon.
Apple’s decision to allow this is further evidence of the growing importance of the company's regular income: it cares more about selling Apple Music subscriptions than HomePods.
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