Apple Music will soon work on third-party Alexa devices, too

Apple Music will soon work on third-party Alexa devices, too

Apple Music will soon work on third-party Alexa devices, too

We certainly weren't expecting it, but it was welcome news for Music subscribers who bought a more affordable Echo speaker over the $350 HomePod. That means Apple Music customers will be able to request music, playlists and radio stations from Alexa to play on their Echos - radio station Beats 1 included.

Apple Music will make its way to third-party Alexa speakers eventually, Amazon has confirmed. These are not great percentage changes, but still a market direction indicator.

Despite the growing capabilities of smart speakers, people still tend to use them for basic functions: listening to music or podcasts, catching up on the news, getting weather and traffic updates and asking general questions.

Amazon Echo will capture 63.3% of smart speaker users in 2019, while Google Home will account for 31.0%.

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You can then ask Alexa on your Echo to control music playback from Apple Music.

Looking at the category as a whole, it seems that a growing number of people are embracing the use of smart speaker technology.

Axios has more: "Amazon's voice technology is getting clobbered outside the U.S., as Google and Chinese companies look to expand their voice footprints internationally. eMarketer notes that Amazon has managed to maintain its lead up to this point by brokering partnerships in which its voice assistant could be used on other premium speakers, like Sonos".

While Amazon may not be selling lots of things through its smart speakers, it is selling plenty of its smart speakers.

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