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

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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."


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.
"Music is one of the most popular features on Alexa--since we launched Alexa four years ago, customers are listening to more music in their homes than ever before," said Dave Limp, senior vice president, Amazon Devices.

"We are committed to offering great music providers to our customers and since launching the Music Skill API to developers just last month, we've expanded the music selection on Alexa to include even more top tier services. We're thrilled to bring Apple Music - one of the most popular music services in the US - to Echo customers this holiday."
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
 
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mattopotamus

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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.
 
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mattopotamus

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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.

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.
 
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Didn’t see that one coming.

Makes me assume that HomePod sales must be lacking and this is their response to stay relative.
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.
 
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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 Apple Music, but it does not work with voice commands in the car.

Apple Music definitely supports voice commands with CarPlay? Maybe you have it backwards and meant Amazon Music?
 
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neuropsychguy

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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.
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.
 
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MrGimper

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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.
 
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mattopotamus

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Apple Music definitely supports voice commands with CarPlay? Maybe you have it backwards and meant Amazon Music?

I corrected the typo. I meant Amazon music doesn't work with voice, thus the reason for my debate on what to subscribe to.
 
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