There's plenty of wireless speakers, but if you want to use a voice command to play Apple Music, now you have only one option: HomePod. This will change thanks to the ability to play Apple Music on Echo speakers …
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Music has always been one of the most popular Alexa features, and today we are pleased to announce that Apple music will be available on Echo devices starting from the 17th of December.
Customers will be able to ask Alexa to play their favorite songs, artists and albums – or one of Apple Music Editor's playlists from around the world, featuring many activities and mood. Customers will also be able to ask Alexa to stream experimental radio stations that focus on popular genres such as Hip-Hop, 80s, and even music from around the world, such as K-Pop. Just ask Alexa to play Beats 1 to hear Apple's music globally, including in-depth artist interviews – all this is completely without ads.
The equipment is added as an Alexa skill. As soon as it's available, you simply add Apple Music to the Alexa application, and then grab your Apple Music account. Then you can use the command line "Alexa, ask Apple Music to play …"
The company has already updated its product shots to display the Apple Music logo:
Amazon says Apple Music will only be the latest streaming music service integration.
Music is one of the most popular Alexa functions – since the beginning of the four years we started using Alexa, customers listen more music than ever to their homes. We're committed to offering great music providers to our customers, and since the Music Performance API implementation developers just last month, we've expanded Alexa Music Selection to include even the highest-end service. We are pleased that Apple Music – one of the most popular music services in the United States – offers Echo customers this holiday.
Amazon offers a range of Echo speakers ranging from Dot (currently very discounted) to Echo Plus. The company does not say Apple Music will work with other speakers equipped with Alexa. If so, then there would be fantastic news as they also include offers from reputable audio companies such as Sonos, Bose and Harmon Kardon.
Apple's decision to allow this is another indication of the increasing importance of Revenue Service revenues for the company: it cares more about selling Apple Music subscriptions than HomePods.
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