Apple Music is now supported on Amazon Alexa and Echo devices

As promised last month, support for Apple Music has arrived on Amazon Echo and other compatible Alexa devices. Apple has put up a help page to get you started, but essentially you just need to open the Alexa app, select Music from the Settings area, and select the Link New Service option.

If you don’t want to say “…on Apple Music” after each voice request, you can also set Apple Music as your default music provider. That’s done in the Alexa app by selecting Music in the Settings area and scrolling to the bottom where your default service is displayed. Change the default to Apple Music and all music requests will automatically be forwarded to Apple Music without the need to specify that you want to use Apple’s streaming music service.

Playing general streaming music is working fine, by some customers are having issues with personal libraries and playlists. Some customers are saying that they’re able to play their own uploaded music through Alexa, while it doesn’t seem to be working for other users. It seems as though requesting an uploaded track individually isn’t always working, but asking for a playlist that includes uploaded music does work.

Some third-party Alexa devices, such as Sonos speakers, don’t currently support Apple Music playback through Alexa. It definitely seems like there are a few hiccups with Alexa and Apple Music’s integration at this point. Hopefully, those will be smoothed out soon.

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4 comments
  1. Brantome says:

    I’d be surprised if it played non-matched uploaded tracks I.e. tracks that haven’t been matched against Apple Music’s core catalogue and therefore have been truly uploaded, not just linked. It’ll be interesting to see though what it can support in the next few weeks or so

  2. David says:

    Does this include iTunes Match? Since Amazon killed music storage, Plex has been the only solution I can find to playing my own CD’s.

  3. Noel says:

    Not working on the fire stick 4K but it’s working perfect on my echos

  4. Stefan Pitcoff says:

    Not supported on fireTv which is disappointing as it is hooked up with my main stereo system. Works good on my echos.

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