Amazon's Echo devices will gain support for Apple Music in mid-December

Amazon today announced that Apple Music support is coming to its Echo lineup of speakers (opens in new tab) in the coming weeks, allowing Apple Music subscribers to ask Alexa to stream their favorite songs, artists, albums, and more. Users will also be able to stream Beats 1 live and play any of the curated playlists from Apple Music editors or ask for their preferred algorithmically-generated radio stations.

While you've already been able to stream to your heart's content on your Amazon Echo for some time from services like Spotify, iHeart Radio, Pandora, TuneIn Radio, among others, Apple Music has always been notably absent from the ever-popular Alexa smart speakers.

Dave Limp, senior vice president, Amazon Devices said:

"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. 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."

While making Apple Music available on a competitor's platform may seem counter to Apple's usual hardware-first strategy, the company would be remiss to dismiss Amazon's popular smart speaker platform. Amazon has been pushing hard this holiday season to get more Echo speakers into more homes with steep discounts on its latest Echo (opens in new tab) and Echo Dot (opens in new tab) as well as a new range of music focused Echo smart speakers in the Echo Plus and Sub (opens in new tab), and the Echo Input (opens in new tab) which brings Alexa's smarts to your current speaker setup.

Apple has had Apple Music support for Android users since the service launched (and iTunes on Windows long before that) so it is not an unprecedented move. Apple is also focusing on growing its services revenue, and adding Apple Music to Amazon Echo may help expand its subscriber base.

Apple Music will be available on your Echo speakers from December 17.

Adam Oram is a Senior Writer at iMore. He studied Media at Newcastle University and has been writing about technology since 2013. He previously worked as an Apple Genius and as a Deals Editor at Thrifter. His spare time is spent watching football (both kinds), playing Pokémon games, and eating vegan food. Follow him on Twitter at @adamoram.

  • I have to admit, i'm pretty excited about this. I don't hate Amazon music, but Apple Music provided a better experience in my car and of course on iPhone.
  • Welp, there goes any need to have that Apple...pod...speaker thing. Not that anyone cared much for it but this news here is the proverbial nail in the coffin.
  • Great news. The only reason I do Spotify is flexibility. If they add support for apple music with google and Microsoft I would switch today.
  • apple music is in play store and apple music works with iTunes for windows pc
  • i was referring to xbox and google smart speakers
  • No thanks... I have Spotify Premium Family. Only $15 a month for 6 people!
  • I am with on that front. as such No Thanks for me as well