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Alexa welcomes Apple Music to Amazon Echo

  • 30 November 2018
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So on Dec 17th Apple Music will be available on Amazon Echo devices.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/baig/2018/11/30/alexa-welcomes-apple-music-amazon-echo/2151574002/

The question is; does this make Apple Music immediately available to those of us who use an Echo connected to Sonos. On Dec 17th will I be able to ask my Echo to play apple music on my Sonos ? Or will Sonos also need to "do something" to make this work ?
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Any news on Apple Music support via Alexa/Echo ??

Let me Google that for you...

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Apple+Music+Alexa+third+parties
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Love it chicks ? Gr8 SOH (made me laugh) ?
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Any news on Apple Music support via Alexa/Echo ??

Let me Google that for you...

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Apple+Music+Alexa+third+parties
:D


Excellent. Adds absolutely nothing to what I already know and had already done. I’m not asking google I’m asking Sonos! But thanks for that.
Any news on Apple Music support via Alexa/Echo ??

Let me Google that for you...

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Apple+Music+Alexa+third+parties
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Any news on Apple Music support via Alexa/Echo ??

If Sonos is true to form, the first "news" you will hear from them will be an announcement that it has been released.
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Any news on Apple Music support via Alexa/Echo ??
I really hope they send this solution ASAP
Alexa will work with Apple Music on third-party devices 'soon'

Good news.

https://www.engadget.com/amp/2018/12/19/alexa-third-party-device-apple-music-support-coming/
Apple Music through Alexa is only available in the US, for now at least.


Apple Music for Alexa is available only in the United States.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT209250
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Apparently Apple Music through Alexa is not available in Europe yet.

Doesn’t really matter if it’s not Sonos compatible anyway.
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Apparently Apple Music through Alexa is not available in Europe yet.

Ok, many thanks,
Apparently Apple Music through Alexa is not available in Europe yet.
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I am in the UK - my Alexa app (which was updated last week in the iOS App Store) does not offer Apple Music as a Music Service.
Has anyone, based in the UK, seen Apple Music on the Alexa app or are they rolling it out gradually or not at all in the UK?
Apple Music is not available on Sonos through Alexa yet.

https://en.community.sonos.com/amazon-alexa-and-sonos-229102/recent-update-now-breaking-groups-with-alexa-6817246/index2.html#post16294125
I’m not in the US.

What happens if you ask Alexa via the Echo Dot to play on your Sonos speaker?


“Alexa, play ARTIST from Apple Music on SONOS ROOM”
“Apple Music is not supported on this device”

If I don’t say “from Apple Music” Alexa plays from Amazon Music, even though I’ve set Apple Music as my default.
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I’m not in the US.

What happens if you ask Alexa via the Echo Dot to play on your Sonos speaker?
I was able to ask my Echo to play Apple Music on my Play:1 and it worked fine.

Edit: Never mind. The music was coming from Amazon music, not Apple.
Pretty brutal; it's been shipping a day from Amazon and Sonos is supposed to be ready NOW... Yeesh. Airplay works fine for me.
Apple Music was enabled today on Alexa. I configured it and it works on my Amazon Alexa devices.

However if I try to play music from Apple Music through Sonos devices Alexa replies, “Apple Music is not available on this device”. Works on Amazon Echo and Show. But not on Sonos. Super frustrating as I still have to get my phone out to airplay to Sonos. No voice control.

I bought these Sonos speakers for their Alexa integration but between this issue, not being able to use Sonos for drop in, and not being able to turn off the Alexa response sound on Sonos, I’m seriously regretting my decision to buy Sonos and am now thinking I need to power Alexa through a dumb amp and dump my Sonos.

Oh - and Sonos doesn’t act as a default Alexa device for a room either - smart groups. So that’s another missing feature.

These issues all make the Alexa integration more frustrating than useful on Sonos.
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Damn. There was a little hope that it would work.
But also, the latest update to Alexa in Canada didn't even include the Apple Music feature. booooooo.
Tried it today. I can play songs from Apple Music on my Echo Dot, but when I try on my Sonos One, it says "Apple Music is not supported on this device."

:(

Hope Sonos and Amazon get it together so this works.
Connected my echo dot to Apple Music using the just released skill. Preferred speaker is set to my Play:5. When I ask her to play anything from Apple Music I get

“Apple Music is not supported on this device”

Except of course it is, if I play using the Sonos App!

WHEN WILL THIS WORK ?


A great question. Sonos would greatly benefit from having this during the XMas shopping season. They’ve already failed miserably by not having Google Assistant ready when promised. Amazon and Apple will benefit greatly from these Sonos screwups. Two huge opportunities missed. Not good!
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Connected my echo dot to Apple Music using the just released skill. Preferred speaker is set to my Play:5. When I ask her to play anything from Apple Music I get

“Apple Music is not supported on this device”

Except of course it is, if I play using the Sonos App!

WHEN WILL THIS WORK ?
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Just received the Amazon Alexa update to add Apple Music on 12/17. Any news on how this will integrate with Sonos, given this is happening next week !!??

Enough to know that AirPlay is my last choice, just above BlueTooth, for my iPhone and iPads. It requires much more bandwidth than casting, requires your phone to be on while playing, like BlueTooth, simply isn’t on the same playing field as the competition. Maybe on the HomePod, but having listened, and read the reviews (outside the Apple fanboy rags), the HomePod loses to the Beam, to stereo-paired Ones, and certainly to the Play:5. Virtually every review.


Everything you said is incorrect and that is easily proven but I'm not going to further pollute this thread with responding further. There are plenty of places you can rag on Apple without knowing what you are talking about.


I think chicks was speaking in terms of airplay 2 with Sonos speakers in his first 2 statements, and i have to agree with him. You might not need to stream through your phone/ipad when your speaker is homepod or AppleTV, but you certainly do with Sonos speakers.

I wouldn't necessarily say that casting from a specific app is necessarily better than airplay 2 though. Casting is almost always going to give you a better stream, but airplay, like bluetooth, is not limited to a specific streaming app.

Regarding which speakers sound better, 'better' is always subjective. I've seen reviews pointing both ways, but yes, mostly favoring Sonos. What matters is what you personally prefer.
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Nice, hoping this means I can set default music to Apple Music in Alexa and use Alexa to play from Apple Music on my Sonos Ones. I have switched entirely to Apple Music for the watch and HomePod, but kept a individual Spotify subscription just for the Sonos Ones. If this works out it'll be bye bye Spotify for me.