Support for Apple Music on Amazon’s Echo lineup of speakers is starting to roll out to users in the U.S. today.
It’s worth noting that the rollout is a few days ahead of schedule since it was originally slated for Dec. 17. While the feature may not be live for your speaker quite yet, expect it to hit your device fairly soon. This marks the first time that Apple Music has been supported by a third-party device or digital assistant.
How Does It Work?
- The added support will let Amazon Echo users connect their speakers to Apple Music through the iOS Alexa app.
- Once it’s connected, users will be able to ask Alexa to play songs from their Apple Music library, content from their personal playlist, or Apple Music’s curated radio stations and playlists.
You can also set Apple Music to be your default Echo streaming platform, meaning you won’t have to specify to Alexa which streaming service you want to use every time you want to play something from your account.
In addition to controlling playback, users can ask Alexa what song is playing or even to play audio content on connected speakers (which they can create in the Alexa app).
As far as other functionality, users can even set a song to an Alexa alarm or ask the digital assistant to play more songs like the current track — which switches playback to the user’s custom radio station.
The added support is a boon for both Amazon and Apple Music users. But the two platforms, of course, aren’t as tightly integrated as Apple Music is with the company’s own HomePod smart speakers.
Currently, Apple Music support is restricted to Amazon Echo devices. In other words, the streaming platform isn’t supported on third-party speakers that are equipped with Alexa.
If you’re an Apple Music subscriber but don’t have an Amazon Echo speaker, you can purchase one here.