Amazon Echo Will Soon Include Apple Music

Amazon Echo devices will include Apple Music beginning the week of December 17th. Users will be able to ask Alexa to play 50 million songs from Apple Music, including curated playlists, music from around the world, and artist interviews, all ad-free.

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Amazon Echo will soon feature Apple Music

Many people already listen to music through their Echo devices using platforms such as Spotify, Pandora, and iHeartRadio. Alexa makes listening to music incredibly convenient, as users can simply tell their device to play a certain song or playlist. Through Alexa Routines, users can even ask Alexa to wake them up with a particular genre of music (and apparently country music is the most requested genre to wake up, according to Amazon). Tens of millions of hours of radio and music alarms have been played since the music feature began less than a year ago. Now, Apple Music users can get in on the fun.

“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,”

explains Dave Limp, Senior Vice President of Amazon Devices. To listen to Apple Music, users will have to enable the Apple Music skill through their Alexa app and link their account.

Although Apple has its own smart home and speaker, the Apple HomeKit and HomePod, respectively, their integration with the Amazon Echo will allow them to better compete with Spotify. While Apple had 50 million subscribers as of May, Spotify recently announced that they have 87 million subscribers. “One of the things we’ve always believed with music — and this goes back to the iTunes days — is to try to make the music services as widely available as possible,” says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. Inclusion on the Amazon Echo will mean access to millions of Echo users, a definite advantage for Apple.

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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