There are plenty of wireless speakers out there, but if you want to use the voice command to play Apple Music, there's only one option right now: HomePod. This will change with the ability to play Apple Music on Echo speakers …
Amazon has shared news on her blog.
Music has always been one of the most popular Alex features and we are excited today that we can announce that Apple Music will be available on Echo devices early in the week of December 17th.
Clients will be able to ask Alex to play their favorite songs, artists and albums – any of Apple Music's reproduction list from around the world, which covers many activities and moods. Clients will also be able to look for Alex to streamline professionally used radio stations focusing on 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 global live stream of Apple Music, including deep interviews with the artist – all without ads.
The object is added as Alex's skill. Once available, you'll simply add the Apple Music skill to the Alex app and then link your Apple Music account. You will then be able to use the command in accordance with "Alex, ask Apple Music for playback …"
The company has already upgraded its product footage to show the Apple Music logo:
Amazon says Apple Music will be just the latest integration of music services on offer.
Music is one of the most popular features on Alexi – since we launched Alex four years ago, users are listening to more music in their homes than ever before. We're committed to delivering great music providers to our users and since launching the API for Music Developer APIs last month, we've expanded the choice of Alex's music to include even more top-notch services. We are delighted that Apple Music – one of the most popular music services in the US – will let Echo users this holiday.
Amazon offers a range of Echo speakers, from Dot (currently highly discounted) to Echo Plus. The company does not say whether Apple Music will work with other Alexa-enabled speakers. It would be fantastic news if that's the case, as it includes deals from respectable audio companies such as Sonos, Bose, and Harmon Kardon.
Apple's decision to allow this is another indicator of the growing importance of revenue from repeat services: it worries more about subscribing to Apple Music than HomePods.
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