Back in November, Amazon officially announced that support for Apple Music was coming to its Echo smart speaker lineup, with Alexa support in tow.
At the time, the announcement only confirmed a “mid-December” launch for the streaming music platform’s addition. Well, it’s apparently close enough because Apple Music support is now live for Amazon’s Echo smart speaker lineup. That means you can now add Apple Music to the speakers, set it as your default library source, as well as your standard platform of choice when you want to listen to music by requesting something from Alexa using your voice.
Here’s how it was described last month:
“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,” said Dave Limp, senior vice president, Amazon Devices. “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.”
You will be able to request different things from Alexa while using Apple Music, including asking what’s currently playing, as well as control playback. But, keep in mind that this support is only for Echo smart speakers, and no other speakers that just support Amazon’s Alexa digital personal assistant. Still, it’s a nice addition for Echo owners who are also subscribed to Apple’s music streaming platform.
The fact you don’t need to tell Alexa which service to play from when you’re using Apple Music is nice all on its own. That can get pretty annoying, after all. If you own an Amazon Echo smart speaker, or more, do you plan on using Apple Music with them?