There are plenty of wireless speakers, but if you want to use the voice command to play Apple Music, there is currently only one option available: HomePod. It changes with the ability to play Apple Music on the Echo …
Amazon shares news on my blog.
Music has always been one of Alexa's favorite features, and today we are pleased to announce that Apple Music will be available on Echo devices since December 17th.
Customers will be able to ask Alex to play their favorite songs, artists and albums – or any playlist created by Apple Music publishers from around the world that covers many activities and moods. Customers will also be able to ask Alex for the broadcast of professional radio stations on popular genres such as Hip-Hop, decades of 80s, and even music from around the world such as K-Pop. Just ask Alex to play Beats 1 to hear the Apple Music Worldwide live stream, including interviews with deep artists – all without ads.
The device is added as Alex's skill. Once it's available, simply add the Apple Music skill to Alex and then link your Apple Music account. Then you can use the command "Alexa, ask Apple Music to play …"
The company has already updated its product images and showed the Apple Music logo:
Amazon says Apple Music will be just the latest streaming music integration service on offer.
Music is one of the most popular features of Alexy – since we've put Alex into operation four years ago, customers listen to more music in their homes than ever before. We are committed to offering our customers great music providers and, since the beginning of the Music Skill API development program last month, we have expanded our selection of music to Alex with other top-level services. We are pleased that Apple Music – one of the most popular music services in the US – to Echo customers this holiday.
Amazon offers a range of Echo speakers, from Dot (currently discounted) to Echo Plus. The company does not say whether Apple Music will work with other Alexa-enabled speakers. It would be a fantastic news, if it is, because it's offers from acclaimed sound companies such as Sonos, Bose and Harmon Kardon.
Apple's decision to allow it is further evidence of the growing importance of recurring revenue from providing services to the company: it is more concerned with the sale of Apple Music subscriptions than HomePods.
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