Without providing specifics or even a tentative release timeline, Amazon this week confirmed earlier rumors that fully-fledged Apple Music support will inevitably be arriving on third-party Alexa-powered ‘non-Amazon’ smart devices.
Although details are presently scant, and the e-commerce giant apparently declined multiple media requests for comment on the news, it was nonetheless revealed in the following Tweet published earlier this week by Mashable Editor In Chief, Raymond Wong.
Upon release, the new feature will reportedly allow Apple Music subscribers to request that Alexa play songs or playlists from Apple Music’s extensive catalog of over 50 million songs via their non-Amazon Alexa-powered devices, as well as summon access to professionally-curated radio stations including Apple’s popular Beats 1 digital radio station.
— Raymond Wong📱💾📼 (@raywongy) December 19, 2018
What Does This Mean for Me?
Most notably, for consumers with both an Apple Music account and a penchant for hi-fidelity audio playback in their homes, this development will ultimately pave the way for you to add one (or multiple) third-party Apple Music and Alexa-compatible speakers to your home audio system — and almost certainly at a much lower cost than going out and buying multiple HomePods.
Accordingly, once the feature touches down, consumers will already have a number of Alexa-enabled devices capable of taking advantage of this functionality to choose from. Such devices, for instance, include third-party Alexa speakers like the Ecobee 4 thermostat, Sonos brand products like the Sonos ONE and Sonos Connect AMP, or other smart devices like the OneLink Safe & Sound by First Alert.
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Confirmation from Amazon on the upcoming status of the feature, meanwhile, comes on the heels of a previous announcement that Apple products including iPhone, iPad and MacBook Pro will officially be available for sale on Amazon — both from Apple directly and authorized resellers.