Amazon has announced that Apple Music will be coming to the Echo soon.
For long it's been possible to play Amazon Music, Spotify (Premium), TuneIn Radio and many other music services on your Echo device. However, if you wanted Apple Music you'd have to purchase a HomePod, for more than double the price of an Amazon Echo Plus 2.
Today, Amazon shared the exciting news on it's blog page.
Music has always been one of Alexa’s most popular features and today we’re excited to announce that Apple Music will be available on Echo devices beginning the week of December 17.
You'll be able to use Apple Music on your Amazon Echo by adding it as an Alexa Skills (from the Alexa app on iOS and Android). You can then simply say "Alexa, ask Apple Music to play..." and your song request. You will obviously need an Apple Music subscription for that to work.
The service will be available on your Amazon Echo on December 17th, days before Christmas. We'll share details on how to add Apple Music to your Echo soon.
The product images for the recent Amazon Echos have also been updated with the Apple Music logo as one of the music services available on Echo.
It's interesting to see that Apple wants to sell Apple Music subscriptions over their smart speaker, the HomePod. However, it's clear to most people that you can get lots more features for less money on Amazon's devices (or, Google Home).