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Apple Music comes to Amazon Echo speakers during the holidays

There are plenty of wireless speakers out there, but if you want to use a voice command to play Apple…

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 that’s open to you: HomePod. It will change, with the ability to play Apple Music on echo speakers …

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Amazon has shared the news on its blog.

Music has always been one of Alexa’s most popular features and today we are pleased to announce that Apple Music will be available on Echo devices starting in the week of December 17th.

Customers will be able to ask Alexa to play their favorite songs, artists and albums or any of the playlists by Apple Musics editors from around the world, covering many activities and moods. Customers will also be able to ask Alexa to stream expertly crafted radio stations centered on popular genres like Hip-Hop, decades like the 80’s, 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 profound artist interviews, completely free.

The plant is added as an Alexa skill. When available, simply add the Apple Music skills to the Alexa app and then link your Apple Music account. After that you will be able to use a command in line with “Alexa, Ask Apple Music to Play …”

The company has already updated its product images to display the Apple Music logo:

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Amazon says that Apple Music will be just the latest streaming music integration offered.

Music is one of the most popular features of Alexa – since we launched Alexa four years ago, customers are listening to more music in their homes than ever before. We are committed to providing good music vendors to our customers, and since we launched the Music Skill API for developers just last month, we have expanded the popularity of Alexa to include even more top level services. We are proud to have 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 point (currently greatly reduced) to Echo Plus. The company does not say if Apple Music will work with other Alexa-enabled speakers. It would be amazing news about that, as these include offers from respected audio companies like Sonos, Bose and Harmon Kardon.

Apple’s decision 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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