Apple Music Finally Coming To Amazon Echo Devices
Amazon Echo devices do not support some essential music and video streaming platforms such as Apple Music and Youtube. But that is about to change soon! Even though Google and Amazon have not reached to an agreement regarding the Youtube fiasco, Apple Music owners will soon be able to stream their songs on Echo devices. Echo customers will be able to stream music from Apple Music starting December 17th.
Amazon’s Echo devices currently support other streaming apps such as Spotify, Saavn, Pandora and Amazon’s own Amazon Music. You can just log in to the Alexa App on your phone and ask Alexa to play music from Apple Music. It is not surprising for Apple to want Apple Music to be available to a broader audience since Amazon Music and other streaming websites have already drawn a lot of audience. Apple Music is also available on Google’s Play Store now. Even though the app was launched as an iOS exclusive back in the day. Apple have their own smart speaker called the HomePod. But it is in an entirely different category in terms of price when compared to the Echo devices.
What This Move Means
In 2016, the Apple Music service was made available on Sonos smart speakers as well. It is also available in Microsoft’s app store for Windows 10 users. Apple is clearly looking to stay in the competition as a large portion of people have shifted to Amazon Music. This has happenned because a lot of people are heavily invested in Echo devices. Analysts believe that Amazon Music is currently in the third place behind Spotify and Apple Music. Amazon Music is currently free with Prime subscription in India and has two different types of subscription options in the United States. Amazon has also stated that since the launch of the Echo devices, people have been listening to more music in their homes than before. They also noted that people now stream tens of millions of hours of radio per month through the Alexa devices.