In an unexcited announcement, Amazon has confirmed that Apple Music will be available on Amazon Echo devices in December 2018. The news means that subscribers of Apple’s music service will simply be able to give their Echo the command to play music from the service instead of Amazon’s own Prime Music.
“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.”
Given’t Apple’s dominant position in the music streaming market, along with Spotify, this is a big win for consumers. No longer will they have to buy a HomePod if they want to stream music in their homes. They will now be able use the far less expensive Echo lineup of devices to do so.
While Amazon does have their own streaming service in the form of Prime Music, it has no where near the reach of Apple Music. Apple’s service has some 50 million subscribers.
The news comes on the heals of an ever expanding relationship between Amazon and Apple. This month, the online retailer started reselling Apple hardware including MacBooks and the iPhone XS and XR lineup. The one thing missing was the HomePod, which it seems will remain that way.