Amazon Confirms More Alexa-Enabled Speakers Will Eventually Support Apple Music

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    Amazon has confirmed that Apple Music will eventually be supported on additional Alexa-enabled speakers, according to a tweet from Mashable's Raymond Wong spotted by AppleInsider. Amazon didn't provide a timeframe for the rollout.

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    A variety of third-party Alexa speakers and devices are available from brands such as Sonos, JBL, Ultimate Ears, and First Alert.


    Apple Music went live on Amazon's line of Echo speakers last Friday in the United States. This allows users to link Apple Music with their Amazon account in the Alexa app for iOS and use Alexa voice commands to control playback of Apple Music songs and playlists and Beats 1 radio on Echo speakers.

    To access this feature, simply use a voice command such as "Alexa, play music by Ed Sheeran on Apple Music" or "Alexa, play today's hits on Apple Music." Apple Music can also be set as the default music service in the Alexa app so that "Apple Music" does not need to be specified each time.

    Apple and Amazon announced this new partnership in late November, with Amazon saying it is "committed to offering great music providers to our customers," and referring to Apple Music as "one of the most popular music services."

    Article Link: Amazon Confirms More Alexa-Enabled Speakers Will Eventually Support Apple Music
     
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    Great hopefully this will include their fire products.
     
  4. pweicks macrumors regular

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    Sounds like Apple’s admitting that their HomePod hasn’t been very successful.
     
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    Once Sonos gets support for Apple Music control via Alexa, then the Sonos One will most likely be a "buy" for me.
     
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    Hopefully the music world starting to see the light. Speakers are just that speakers or more like TV’s when it comes to content. You buy the type of hardware that fits your needs and they have the ability to play all the music. Closed echo systems are an otion not the only option.
     
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    so glad I don't follow this guy on Twitter. That emergency light emoji in my timeline would annoy the crap out of me.

    Edit: guy works at Mashable so that's par for the course then with a site like that.
     
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    So you’ll be able to natively use Apple Music with Sonos via...Alexa. Who at Apple thinks this is a good idea? Where the heck is SiriKit domain for music? I am never one to say Steve wouldn’t have but...my goodness this is stupid. Apple should have a SiriKit domain for music (which would allow native support for 3rd party speakers like Sonos) and a cheaper HomePod mini. Instead they offer it up to Amazon’s Alexa. <facepalm> Eddy Cue has got to go.
     
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    I hope there is an update to the Aexa skill to disable listening history.
     
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    I know they would give in if IOS 13 has Alexa instead of Siri. Well that actually would be an improvement.
     
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    Next, let people install more streaming sources on their HomePod. One thing I'd miss if I bought one is listening to my local radio station on it.
     
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    Why shouldn't Apple Music be available on every device? I don't get the whinging.
     
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    No. That’s your opinion.

    My thought is that Apple just wants to have Apple Music available throughout a range of devices and thus increase their market share.
     
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    Because it’s not about Apple Music it’s about Siri. As far as I know Echo devices have Bluetooth so you should be able to use Apple Music with it now. Having it native means you’re using it with Alexa not Siri. How is that anything other than Apple admitting Siri is a failure? Apparently some Apple employees who work on HomePod and/or Siri aren’t happy about this decision and didn’t find out about it until it went public.
     
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    The real question is, is Amazon Prime Music (and others like Spotify and YouTube Music) coming to HomePod? And how about lower priced HomePod?
     
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    Can we stream from our phones to the echo? Like if i dont wanna use my voice but select a song on the Music app on my iphone, can we do that?
     
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    Yea I saw your other post. I think it's beyond silly to lock Apple Music to that one speaker. That's not thinking different.

    Bluetooth doesn't make sense at all for this use case. The speaker should be able to use its own interface to access Apple Music. That doesn't say anything about the success or failure of Siri.

    This is like fans being upset when Apple opened up iPod.
     
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    I believe it has Bluetooth.
     
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    Because Apple Music makes them money. The more devices that can access Apple Music the more money they can make. The same cannot be said for Siri. Amazon basically has this section of the market cornered. Almost everyone has an echo device these days. Apple needs to come out with a cheaper HomePod, but even if they did how many people would abandon their current echo devices in favor of a HomePod? Keep in mind many people receive echos for free with other purchases. My family just got 3 free echos when buying thermostats and Ring door bells. I say all of this as someone who owns 4 HomePods and really enjoy them.
     
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    Got an Amazon Echo 2nd Gen on Black Friday. It didn’t support Apple Music at the time, so I took advantage of the “90 days for free” Spotify deal.

    Haven’t used Apple Music with the Echo ... yet. Trying out the Spotify integration right now. I’m satisfied with that so far, so if Apple Music integration is just as seemless (can’t see why it wouldn’t be,) I’ll probably stick with them for now, and not renew Spotify when it expires.

    On a semi-related note: My household is at a crossroads right now. Transitioning away from Macs at the moment. Got rid of AirPort Extreme 3 years ago. Apple TV will likely stay, because it has much lower latency when streaming iTunes audio to it, rather than directly to my AirPlay-enabled receiver (I like to play to multiple devices simultaneously, and having different latency between devices causes extreme echo affect.)

    Still have to decide if I should stick with iOS devices. Leaning towards keeping them right now, mainly due to the purchased apps I use. Once that hook is pulled out (ie: when the app dev no longer updates it to support the latest iOS release, and Apple drops an API or something that the app needs to work), I might move away ... not sure.
     
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    I don't really see how this relates to HomePod. Apple allowing Amazon to stream Apple Music on their $30 devices opens up the possibility for more Apple Music subscriptions to be sold.
     
  24. Jimmy James macrumors 601

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    I hope there remains a strong market for non-smart wireless speakers. Most of the time I just want audio without the smart functionality.
     
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    Really? I have one and the sound and mics are so good I want to get a second. Also I rather Apple spy on my conversations versus other companies
     

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