Apple Music launched on Amazon's Alexa and Echo devices a bit ago, but now it's also available for Amazon's Fire TV devices β a miracle for users of both companies. But if you're wondering how to get set up, you're in the right place.
Now you can get Amazon's digital assistant to play all your Apple Music tracks β just using your voice. And it's a lot more powerful than you might think, as you can even make it your default music streaming service.
On Fire TV, you'll use your remote to ask Alexa to play some music. If you've got a Fire TV Cube, you won't need a remote as it's got mics built in. Even better, the Cube can also be added to a multi-room music setup.
However, things work a little differently than with Spotify and Amazon Music, so follow our guide to getting things working nicely.
How to set up Apple Music for Echo
Setting up Apple Music on Alexa is as easy as setting up other music streaming services. You're just going to need to open up your Alexa app and tap that hamburger icon in the upper left corner. Then just follow these steps:
1) Choose Settings.
2) Click Music.
3) Tap Link New Service.
4) Choose Apple Music.
5) Enable the Apple Music skill.
6) Enter your Apple credentials.
Boom, you've linked Apple Music and Alexa, allowing you to use the music streaming service on your Echo devices.
The next thing you may want to do is make Apple Music your default streaming service. If you do this, you won't need to say things like "Alexa, play Justin Bieber on Apple Music" to ensure it plays on the right service.
You can do this in the Music section of Settings. At the very bottom you'll see a Default Services section. Tap that and you'll get to choose your default streaming service and default radio station service. You can choose Apple Music for both.
How to use Apple Music with Alexa
As for actually using Apple Music for Alexa, you'll pretty much be able to do what you want to do. You can play your own playlists, which can include music from your iCloud Music Library. You can also play Apple Music mixes inspired by your listening habits.
Naturally, you'll also be able to listen to Beats 1 Radio and all its radio shows and mixes. Plus, you'll be able to listen to all of Apple Music's custom playlists. Obviously, you'll also get free reign over every artist, song, and album available on Apple Music.
Here are some sample Alexa commands you can use β of course, you'll need to preface this with Alexa.
"Play Bebe Rexha."
"Play Today's Hits."
"Play Beats 1 Radio on Apple Music."
"Play Fantasy Journey on Apple Music."
"Play Taylor Swift on Apple Music."
"Play my Run playlist on Apple Music."