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Tech & ScienceApple Music comes to Amazon's Alexa devices

18:41  30 november  2018
18:41  30 november  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Apple Music will be available on Amazon ' s voice-activated Echo devices starting the week of Dec. 17, Amazon said. Echo devices compete directly with Apple 's own HomePod. Google's smart speaker, the Google Home, only streams Apple Music through a Bluetooth connection like any regular

Apple Music is coming to Amazon ' s Alexa -powered speakers, in a rare move by the iPhone maker to broaden its service offerings to users of rival devices . A statement from Amazon on Friday said Apple Music would be available starting December 17 on Echo speakers in the latest sign of a truce

Apple Music comes to Amazon's Alexa devices © Provided by AFPRelaxNews A statement from Amazon on Friday said Apple Music would be available starting December 17 on Echo speakers. Apple Music is coming to Amazon's Alexa-powered speakers, in a rare move by the iPhone maker to broaden its service offerings to users of rival devices.

A statement from Amazon on Friday said Apple Music would be available starting December 17 on Echo speakers in the latest sign of a truce between the two technology behemoths.

"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 of Amazon Devices.

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Alexa and Apple are playing nice. Amazon ' s Echo smart speakers will work with Apple Music starting December 17, Amazon announced Friday.

"We're thrilled to bring Apple Music -- one of the most popular music services in the US -- to Echo customers this holiday."

"Customers will be able to ask Alexa to play their favorite songs, artists, and albums -- or any of the playlists made by Apple Music's editors from around the world, covering many activities and moods," Amazon's statement said.

The move will help Apple, which has some 50 million paying music subscribers, ramp up its competition against market leader Spotify.

Importantly, it will bring a key Apple service to consumers who do not have an iPhone or other Apple device, helping the California giant's efforts to diversify its revenue base and reduce dependence on smartphone sales.

Apple currently allows consumers to listen to its music service, which carries a $10 monthly fee, on its smartphones and tablets as well as its HomePod which has only a small segment of the market for connected speakers led by Amazon and Google.

Amazon reports over 100 million Alexa devices sold.
Amazon is notoriously reluctant to share how well Alexa is doing in the marketplace -- at best, you get vague boasts about its devices being the "most gifted." Now, however, it's providing more meaningful figures. The company's Dave Limp told The Verge in an interview that over 100 million Alexa-equipped devices have sold to date. It wouldn't say how many of those are its own devices or break products down by category, but the data suggests plenty of people have Alexa-capable devices in their homes. The company is sold out of Echo Dots through January, Limp added. The stats don't provide a full picture of Alexa's reach.

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