Apple Music to Launch on Amazon's Echo Devices the Week of December 17

Discussion in 'MacRumors.com News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Nov 30, 2018.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot

    MacRumors

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2001
    #1
    [​IMG]


    Apple and Amazon today announced that Apple Music will launch on Echo devices beginning the week of December 17. In a blog post, Amazon explains that Apple Music subscribers will be able to ask Alexa to play their favorite songs, artist, playlists, Beats1 radio stations, and albums, all through an Echo speaker.

    One example they give is the command, "Alexa, play Bebe Rexha on Apple Music."

    [​IMG]

    The integration will launch as an Apple Music skill that will need to be enabled within the Alexa app, where users will also be able to link their account to start listening to Apple Music on an Echo speaker. Apple Music will join the ranks of a few other music streaming services already supported on Echo, including Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Pandora.
    Apple Music is said to have over 56 million total subscribers, including those on the free trial. The company is in a battle with Spotify as each tries to grow their numbers. In November, Spotify reported 87 million paid subscribers on its service, and 191 million monthly active users.

    These numbers refer to global paid subscriber users, and in a report over the summer it was suggested that Apple Music is actually ahead of Spotify's paid subscriber count in the United States. Both Apple Music and Spotify were said to have more than 20 million paid subscribers in the U.S. as of July 2018, and at the time Apple was "a hair ahead" of its rival.

    Article Link: Apple Music to Launch on Amazon's Echo Devices the Week of December 17
     
  2. gforce216 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2009
    #2
    Overall, great move for Apple Music as a service being on more devices. From a hardware perspective, bad news for HomePod.
     
  3. Return Zero macrumors 6502a

    Return Zero

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2013
    Location:
    Kentucky
    #3
    I literally just checked outside to see if the sky was falling.
     
  4. JimmyBanks6 macrumors member

    JimmyBanks6

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2017
    #4
    Didn’t see that one coming.

    Makes me assume that HomePod sales must be lacking and this is their response to stay relative.
     
  5. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2008
    Location:
    New York.
  6. Steve121178 macrumors 601

    Steve121178

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Location:
    Bedfordshire, UK
    #6
    Still amazes me that people are happy to have these 'smart' speakers in their homes. Who really trusts the likes of Amazon & particularly Google with your data & privacy? Not me.
     
  7. badatusernames, Nov 30, 2018
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2018

    badatusernames macrumors member

    badatusernames

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2018
    #7
    Did not see that coming. Now my echo devices that I placed in a drawer become more useful :)
     
  8. Pagemakers macrumors 68020

    Pagemakers

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2008
    Location:
    Manchester UK
    #8
    Just dumped my 8 Alexa devices for Google Homes. It’s years ahead in my opinion.
     
  9. levitynyc macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2006
    #9
    That’s awesome.

    Time to cancel my amazon music subscription.
     
  10. tromboneaholic Suspended

    tromboneaholic

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2004
    Location:
    Clearwater, FL
    #10
    iHeartRadio deals rumored and now Apple Music on Alexa. It looks like Apple Music has been busy since Jimmy Iovine stepped down.
     
  11. mattopotamus macrumors G5

    mattopotamus

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2012
    #11
    This make me so happy :D.

    I have a lot of echos, but I also have CarPlay. I consistently battle as to what is more important to subscribe to. Yes, I know CarPlay has Amazon Music, but it does not work with voice commands in the car.
     
  12. BvizioN macrumors 601

    BvizioN

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2012
    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    #12
    Just in time. I ordered 2 Amazon Echo Dot third gen from Amazon last week for half the price.
     
  13. mattopotamus macrumors G5

    mattopotamus

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2012
    #12
    It was probably part of the agreement with Amazon starting to sell Apple Products again.
     
  14. YaBe macrumors 6502a

    YaBe

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2017
    #13
    If only they made it for Google Home as well....one can hope!
     
  15. mattopotamus, Nov 30, 2018
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2018

    mattopotamus macrumors G5

    mattopotamus

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2012
    #14
    Personally, I do not care if it listens to my conversations. I am not doing anything illegal.

    edit: Just to be clear I know people are concerned with privacy and not just doing "illegal" things. I just flat out do not care if it listens to my conversations. The same way I still use google services because I do not wear a tin hat.
     
  16. tromboneaholic Suspended

    tromboneaholic

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2004
    Location:
    Clearwater, FL
    #15
    I think as Apple focuses on services, you will see them on more platforms than before.

    For the most part, Alexa speakers don't compete with HomePod as a speaker. I think this just means we won't necessarily see a $29 HomePod.
     
  17. DentonB macrumors newbie

    DentonB

    Joined:
    May 23, 2016
    #16
    Apple Music definitely supports voice commands with CarPlay? Maybe you have it backwards and meant Amazon Music?
     
  18. lsutigerfan1976 macrumors 68020

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2012
    #17
    “Insert the office, it’s happening gif here!”
     
  19. Glideslope macrumors 603

    Glideslope

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2007
    Location:
    A quiet place in NY.
    #18
    If you can’t better them, join them. Sad. :apple:
     
  20. neuropsychguy macrumors 65816

    neuropsychguy

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2008
    #19
    I have 5 (2 Google and 3 Amazon). I received them all for free through various promos (okay, I paid $1 for a 3 month Spotify plan that also included a Google Home Mini). They are useful for checking news, setting timers, controlling IOT devices, and getting quick answers to various questions.
     
  21. MrGimper macrumors 603

    MrGimper

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2012
    Location:
    Andover, UK
    #20
    Bought a bunch of Hue lights recently and also some Dots to control them. Then hooked them up to my Sonos system so this could be the final link.... Alexa, play blah from Apple Music on Upstairs.
     
  22. mattopotamus macrumors G5

    mattopotamus

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2012
    #21
    I corrected the typo. I meant Amazon music doesn't work with voice, thus the reason for my debate on what to subscribe to.
     
  23. Glideslope macrumors 603

    Glideslope

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2007
    Location:
    A quiet place in NY.
    #22
    So someone easdropping on your personal life in general is ok with you? There are far more implications with the device than one being concerned with criminal behavior being revealed. :apple:
     
  24. longofest Editor emeritus

    longofest

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2003
    Location:
    Falls Church, VA
    #23
    YES!!!! I have a number of Alexa devices, and refuse to pay Apple's ridiculous price for HomePod, but I find Prime Music to be lacking (I'm an Apple Music subscriber). This is awesome!
     
  25. ericgtr12 macrumors 65816

    ericgtr12

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2015
    #24
    Its nice to see them playing with other players rather than trying to reinvent the wheel.
     
  26. mattopotamus macrumors G5

    mattopotamus

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2012
    #25
    Yeah, it does not bother me to be honest.
     

Share This Page