Apple Music is accessible on all Amazon Echo speakers in the United States and the United Kingdom.
When Amazon first released the Echo smart speaker, the number of prominent music services available was limited. However, you can now connect almost all of the most popular streaming services to your Echo and set it as the default. Apple Music is included.
If you want to know how to get your Apple Music playlists to play on your Echo, or simply set it as your default, keep reading to learn how:
How to ask Alexa to play Apple Music tunes your Echo device
The setup procedure is pretty similar to that of Apple Music on Fire TV. To begin, follow the steps below to enable the Apple Music talent in the Amazon Alexa app:
- Open the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone
- Tap ‘More’ on iPhone, or open the side menu on Android
- Select ‘Skills & Games’
- Search for Apple Music, then tap on the Apple Music skill
- Select ‘Enable skill’
- Now sign in to your Apple Music account
Another option to enable it is to link your account in the app’s Music settings. To do so, take these steps:
- Open the Amazon Alexa App on your smartphone
- Open the Settings menu in the app
- Find ‘Music & Podcasts’
- Choose ‘Apple Music’ from the list of services
- Now sign in and enable it
Once linked, you can simply say, ‘Alexa, play my playlist on Apple Music,’ and it will play your playlist through that service. You can, however, make it your default.
Set Apple Music as your Default
You can make it your default so you don’t have to say ‘on Apple Music’ after every music request. That means that whenever you make a playlist, album, or song request, your Echo will prioritise Apple Music.
- Open Settings in the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone
- Choose ‘Music & Podcasts’
- Tap ‘Default Services’
- Select ‘Change’ next to the current Music, Artist & Genre stations and Podcasts options
- Choose Apple Music from the popup list that appears
When Apple Music first appeared on Echo, it was interpreted as evidence of a developing thaw in Apple and Amazon’s relationship. The two even agreed to sell Apple devices like the Apple TV and iPad on Amazon’s website, which hasn’t always been the case. It is evident that the two companies benefit by cooperating rather than competing. Read more; 1More PistonBuds Pro review: Sweet Sound for Small Ears
Only time will tell whether these partnerships are so-called one-time events between the two tech titans, or the beginnings of a fantastic collaboration that might make our lives a lot easier. If only Amazon and Google could follow suit. We’d love to have native YouTube access on our Echo Show (albeit it’s currently available on Fire TV thanks to an arrangement).