You can now ask your Amazon Echo to play tunes from Apple Music. It's a significant step, because the Echo has long supported Apple Music's rivals, like Spotify, allowing users to request songs and playlists from Alexa by voice.
As Apple continues to focus more on services — it reported $9.98 billion in services revenue in the fourth quarter, up 27 percent from the prior year — it's more important than ever for those services to be available when and where Apple fans want them.
Before the Echo update, Apple Music users had to either connect to the device with Bluetooth or shell out $350 for an Apple HomePod.
Activating Apple Music on an Amazon Echo is really easy. It took me about 30 seconds from my iPhone in the office. Here's how you do it:
Once you've connected your account, it's time to make it the default service so that Alexa is set to play music from Apple Music rather than Amazon's own service.
That's it. Now you can ask Alexa to play tunes right from Apple Music.