In a blog post released this morning, Amazon announced that Apple Music will launch on Amazon Echo devices starting this month starting on December 17th.
According to Dave Limp, Amazonxy's senior vice president, Echo users can ask Alexa, the device's built-in voice assistant, to play their favorite songs, artists, albums, playlists created by Apple's curators, and service radio stations. Beats 1, Apple Music's own live radio station featuring interviews with artists and daily programs, will also be available via the Amazon Echo. The integration, like any other Amazon Echo feature, is enabled by connecting your Apple Music account to the Amazon device using the Alexa app.
"Music is one of Alexa's most popular features ̵1; since we launched Alexa four years ago," customers hear more music at home than ever before, "said Dave Limp, senior vice president of Amazon Devices. "We are committed to providing great music providers to our customers. Since the introduction of the Music Skill API for Developers just last month, we've expanded the music selection on Alexa with even more first-class services. We are delighted to bring Apple Music – one of the most popular music services in the US – to Echo customers this holiday. "
While Apple Music has long been available alongside iOS and macOS (and Sonos speakers in addition to HomePod) for Android, the imminent integration of Amazon Echo is a major shift, as Apple Music has never been able to compete with Smart Speaker by foreign language assistants. It'll be interesting to see if the Amazon Echo integration will be more limited than the native Apple Music access to the HomePod, which we'll test as Apple Music's Alexa-Skill goes live next month.
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