In this case, Amazon has just announced that support for Apple Music is coming to Echo devices starting the week of December 17th.
With the new addition, Echo devices joins Sonos' family of products as the other major non-HomePod platform offering compatibility for Apple's streaming music service, which should be good news for the 50 million or so Apple Music subscribers around the world.
Similar to what you can already Do with services like Spotify, Amazon says Echo owners will be able to use voice controls to play specific tracks, artists, and albums, along with all of Apple's curated playlists and radio stations.
Considering Amazon's ongoing feud with Apple, the addition of Apple Music could be seen as a potential olive branch. And with Amazon still beefing with Google on things like native support for YouTube on the Echo Show, it's nice to see Echo owners get one more choice for streaming music while people continue to wait for Google Play Music or YouTube Music compatibility.
Either way, the clear loser here is the HomePod itself, which is Apple's biggest flop in recent history. Tidligere var folk dybt investeret i Apples økosystem, der var grundigt tvunget til at vælge mellem den prisrige $ 350 HomePod og den mere overkommelige $ 200 Sonos One. And while Amazon Echo might not sound as nice as a HomePod, Amazon's most expensive Echo, the $ 150 Echo Plus, costs less than half the price of a HomePod.