Smart speakers have taken the market by storm and Apple does not want to lag behind by restricting Apple Music only to the HomePod speakers. The company has announced that it will be making Apple Music available on Amazon’s Echo speakers as well from December 17th. So now, Echo users will be able to command Alexa to play their favourites from Apple Music by just saying “Alexa, ask Apple Music to play…”.
Amazon spoke about this announcement in their blog:
Music is one of the most popular features on Alexa—since we launched Alexa four years ago, customers are listening to more music in their homes than ever before. We are committed to offering great music providers to our customers and since launching the Music Skill API to developers just last month, we’ve expanded the music selection on Alexa to include even more top tier services. We’re thrilled to bring Apple Music – one of the most popular music services in the US – to Echo customers this holiday.
Customers will be able to ask Alexa to play their favorite songs, artists, and albums—or any of the playlists made by Apple Music’s editors from around the world, covering many activities and moods. Customers will also be able to ask Alexa to stream expert-made radio stations centered on popular genres like Hip-Hop, decades like the 80s, and even music from around the world, like K-Pop. Just ask Alexa to play Beats 1 to hear Apple Music’s global livestream including in-depth artist interviews— all completely ad-free.
Echo users will just have to add a new skill to the device by selecting Apple Music and it is ready to use. Amazon already supports many of popular music streaming services like Amazon music, Spotify, Pandora and a few others. The addition of Apple Music will definitely help users who are also subscribed with the music service and want to use it with their Echo devices conveniently.