Apple Music to Launch on Amazon's Echo Devices the Week of December 17

Apple and Amazon today announced that Apple Music will launch on Echo devices beginning the week of December 17. In a blog post, Amazon explains that Apple Music subscribers will be able to ask Alexa to play their favorite songs, artist, playlists, Beats1 radio stations, and albums, all through an Echo speaker.

One example they give is the command, "Alexa, play Bebe Rexha on Apple Music."

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The integration will launch as an Apple Music skill that will need to be enabled within the Alexa app, where users will also be able to link their account to start listening to Apple Music on an Echo speaker. Apple Music will join the ranks of a few other music streaming services already supported on Echo, including Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Pandora.

“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.”

Apple Music is said to have over 56 million total subscribers, including those on the free trial. The company is in a battle with Spotify as each tries to grow their numbers. In November, Spotify reported 87 million paid subscribers on its service, and 191 million monthly active users.

These numbers refer to global paid subscriber users, and in a report over the summer it was suggested that Apple Music is actually ahead of Spotify's paid subscriber count in the United States. Both Apple Music and Spotify were said to have more than 20 million paid subscribers in the U.S. as of July 2018, and at the time Apple was "a hair ahead" of its rival.

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Top Rated Comments

Return Zero Avatar
72 months ago
I literally just checked outside to see if the sky was falling.
Score: 48 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Steve121178 Avatar
72 months ago
Still amazes me that people are happy to have these 'smart' speakers in their homes. Who really trusts the likes of Amazon & particularly Google with your data & privacy? Not me.
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gforce216 Avatar
72 months ago
Overall, great move for Apple Music as a service being on more devices. From a hardware perspective, bad news for HomePod.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mattopotamus Avatar
72 months ago
Didn’t see that one coming.

Makes me assume that HomePod sales must be lacking and this is their response to stay relative.
It was probably part of the agreement with Amazon starting to sell Apple Products again.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Glideslope Avatar
72 months ago
Personally, I do not care if it listens to my conversations. I am not doing anything illegal.
So someone easdropping on your personal life in general is ok with you? There are far more implications with the device than one being concerned with criminal behavior being revealed. :apple:
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JimmyBanks6 Avatar
72 months ago
Didn’t see that one coming.

Makes me assume that HomePod sales must be lacking and this is their response to stay relative.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)