Apple and Amazon partnered back in December to give subscribers the ability to stream Apple Music on Echo speakers — and that capability is reportedly rolling out to Germany today.
Update: Italy too.
There are two options for adding Apple Music to Echo speakers…
First, you can simply add Apple Music as an additional music service. Alexa will then be able to stream from the service, but you’ll have to specify you want it to use Apple Music.
Alexa, play Rachel Yamagata on Apple Music
Alternatively, you can set Apple Music as your default music service, and you then won’t need to specify.
Alexa, play Bat for Lashes
These options are currently available in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan — and iFun says that Germany is next in line thanks to what appears to be an early email announcement by Apple ahead of the feature being enabled.
Apple Music will be available from today on in Germany via Alexa. The feature is already being actively promoted by Apple. Even if neither Amazon nor Apple confirm a specific start time, we assume that it will be enabled in the next few hours.
To add Apple Music as a music service:
- Open the Amazon Alexa app, then tap the menu button in the upper-left corner.
- Tap Settings.
- In Alexa Preferences, tap Music.
- Tap Link New Service.
- Tap Apple Music.
- Tap Enable To Use.
- Follow the instructions to sign in with your Apple ID.
As always, this is handled by an Apple API, so it is Apple, rather than Amazon, which handles the login. The Alexa app just gets an access token when Apple confirms the login is valid.
You’ll need to take a few extra steps to set Apple Music as your default service.
- Repeat steps 1-3, above.
- Under Account Settings, tap Default Services.
- Tap Apple Music.
If you have more than one Echo speaker, you can create speaker groups in the Alexa app and you’ll then be able to stream Apple Music on Echo speakers in multiple rooms.