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.