Alexa Now Supports Apple Music in Australia and New Zealand on Echo, Sonos, and Fire TV Devices

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Alexa now supports Apple Music in Australia and New Zealand on Amazon Echo and Amazon Fire TV devices, and compatible Sonos speakers, as reflected in a recently updated Apple support document.


This means Apple Music subscribers who own one of those devices in those countries can now ask Alexa to play songs, artists, playlists, and more from Apple Music. This functionality first launched in the United States in December before expanding to the United Kingdom and Ireland last month.

Read our guide on how to set up Apple Music in the Alexa app, including how to make it the default music service so that you don't have to say "on Apple Music" each time you ask Alexa to play something.

(Thanks, Brad!)

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DevNull0

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I can literally buy a pair of Sonos One speakers for the price of a single homepod. Sonos One is like a straight-up superior version of homepod in every way.

And the homepod is useless because I can't use it on my TV (non-Apple TV) and game console. A speaker is simple, plug it in (or pair it) and listen. Does homepod still need an iPhone to do anything useful? Does it still go into a more limited guest mode when the iPhone owner is out of the house?
 

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I can literally buy a pair of Sonos One speakers for the price of a single homepod. Sonos One is like a straight-up superior version of homepod in every way.
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This. I recently came to the realization that aside from the ability to play the local radio station (which I CAN play via an app on my phone), all of my audio either came from my phone, or from the TV.

So I set out to get rid of my Denon receive and speakers, and replace them with something. I looked at the Homepod for about 5 seconds until I realized I couldn't use it for 10% of the stuff that....pretty much every other speaker could be used for.

I ended up being able to buy 3 Sonos Ones and the Beam for the same price I'd paid for my receiver and Infiniti speakers - except now I can play music throughout the house from a huge variety of sources. I'm excited as hell.
 

Applebot1

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Didn’t realise this was active in the UK last month. Really happy and it works with no issues.

Choice is good.
 

DevNull0

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This. I recently came to the realization that aside from the ability to play the local radio station (which I CAN play via an app on my phone), all of my audio either came from my phone, or from the TV.

So I set out to get rid of my Denon receive and speakers, and replace them with something. I looked at the Homepod for about 5 seconds until I realized I couldn't use it for 10% of the stuff that....pretty much every other speaker could be used for.

I ended up being able to buy 3 Sonos Ones and the Beam for the same price I'd paid for my receiver and Infiniti speakers - except now I can play music throughout the house from a huge variety of sources. I'm excited as hell.
That is a nice set-up. Interestingly I went the exact opposite route. I bought a house that already has 4 rooms with in-ceiling speakers installed and the wiring brought to the TV room. I was looking for a way to drive them, and with Sonos I'd have had to buy a Sonos Amp that alone costs about $200 more than the entire Denon receiver. So I bought a 2-zone Denon receiver with Airplay2 and Bluetooth. Zone 2 is connected to a speaker selector switch and then to the 4 rooms worth of speakers. So now I can play music wirelessly from my iDevices throughout my house and Zone 1 gives me 5.1 audio for the TV.
 

andsoitgoes

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It not in Canada still. Wonder why?
We all know why....


That said, they need to get their shirt together and figure this out. I’m glad I now have a free google home mini, but I wanna trash my Spotify subscription like YESTERDAY. I’m tired of spending $10/month when I’m already spending it on Apple Music.
 

Bswails

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Alexa works so much better thank Siri and Alexa now works with Apple Music on Sonos as well as many other music services . Best all around.
I don’t want multiple voice assistants.. I like the handoff Apple has with its ecosystem.its so confusing why we don’t have a full HomeKit line of products from Apple or a company that Apple has purchased. For me if HomeKit and Siri are not the Major talking points at WWDC I think I may have to consider a Two AI world.
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So you can use Alexa to control Apple Music on these devices but not Siri. #facepalm And all because allowing that would also give Spotify access to Siri?
I’m starting to think Apple is hiding something and is using the “Privacy BS” as it’s excuse to why it won’t play nice with others..
 

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This. I can't imagine why anyone would opt for HomePod vs a Sonos at this point. The old, tired argument was sound quality, but that's been debunked in blind tests.

So, sound quality is equal, Sonos is much cheaper and has far more services including Apple Music.

I can literally buy a pair of Sonos One speakers for the price of a single homepod. Sonos One is like a straight-up superior version of homepod in every way.

And the homepod is useless because I can't use it on my TV (non-Apple TV) and game console. A speaker is simple, plug it in (or pair it) and listen. Does homepod still need an iPhone to do anything useful? Does it still go into a more limited guest mode when the iPhone owner is out of the house?
 
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ipedro

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I love my HomePod but it’s just too expensive to put in every room. I would totally pick up a bunch of cheap Alexa devices to complement my HomePod if AppleMusic support on Echo came to Canada.
 
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Rogifan

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I don’t want multiple voice assistants.. I like the handoff Apple has with its ecosystem.its so confusing why we don’t have a full HomeKit line of products from Apple or a company that Apple has purchased. For me if HomeKit and Siri are not the Major talking points at WWDC I think I may have to consider a Two AI world.
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I’m starting to think Apple is hiding something and is using the “Privacy BS” as it’s excuse to why it won’t play nice with others..
Just open up Siri to the competition already. I doubt there’s very many people signing up for Apple Music over Spotify because of Siri integration.
 

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Both homes have SONOS throughout (with Alexa in every room) and love them. Alexa is a far superior assistant to Siri.
 
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RealityM

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That is a nice set-up. Interestingly I went the exact opposite route. I bought a house that already has 4 rooms with in-ceiling speakers installed and the wiring brought to the TV room. I was looking for a way to drive them, and with Sonos I'd have had to buy a Sonos Amp that alone costs about $200 more than the entire Denon receiver. So I bought a 2-zone Denon receiver with Airplay2 and Bluetooth. Zone 2 is connected to a speaker selector switch and then to the 4 rooms worth of speakers. So now I can play music wirelessly from my iDevices throughout my house and Zone 1 gives me 5.1 audio for the TV.
Which Denon receiver did you get? Amazon has lots to choose from. Thanks.
 
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