There are plenty of wireless speakers out there, but if you want to use a voice command to play Apple Music, there's only one option open to you at present: HomePod.
Amazon has shared the news on its blog.
Music has always been one of Alexa's most popular features and today we're excited to announce that Apple Music will be available on Echo devices beginning of the week of December 17.
Customers will be able to ask Alexa to play their favorite songs, artists, and albums-or any of the playlists created by Apple Music's editors fra hele verden, der dækker mange aktiviteter og 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 live stream including in-depth artist interviews- all completely ad-free.
The facility is being added as an Alexa skill. Once it's available, you'll simply add the Apple Music skill in the Alexa app and then link your Apple Music account. After that, you'll be able to use a command along the lines of 'Alexa, Ask Apple Music to play …'
The company has already updated its product shots to show the Apple Music logo:
Amazon says that Apple Music will be just the latest streaming music service integration on offer.
Music is one of the most popular features on Alexa-since we launched Alexa four years ago, customers are luisteren naar meer muziek in hun huizen dan ooit tevoren. We zijn toegewijd aan het aanbieden van geweldige muziekleveranciers aan onze klanten en sinds de launch van de Music Skill API naar ontwikkelaars, heeft we de muziek selectie op Alexa uitgebreid om even meer top-tierdiensten te omvatten. We are thrilled to bring 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 the Dot (currently heavily discounted) to the Echo Plus. The company does not say whether Apple Music will work with other Alexa-enabled speakers.
The decision by Apple to allow this is a further indication of the increasing importance of recurring services revenue to the company: It's more about selling Apple Music subscriptions than HomePods.
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