The HomePod is Apple’s smart speaker, but it’s nowhere near as popular as the Amazon Echo. If you have signed up for Apple Music and had been thinking you would need a HomePod in order to play your favourite music, you are wrong. You can play your Apple Music tunes on your Amazon Echo.

If you have an Amazon Echo you can ask Alexa fo play tracks from Apple Music, here’s how:

Sorry to our readers who aren’t based in the US, we don’t have this service yet. Find out more about when we can expect it below...

Find out how Amazon's Echo compares to HomePod here.

How to play Apple Music on Amazon Echo

  1. To start, open the Amazon Alexa app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the three lines on the top left to open the menu.
  3. Tap on Settings.
  4. Tap on Music.
  5. You should see a variety of options here for Amazon Music, Spotify and TuneIn. If you are in the US you will also see the option: Apple Music for Alexa.
  6. Tap Apple Music.
  7. Tap Enable To Use.
  8. Now sign in with your Apple ID.

Amazon Alexa

Sign up for Apple Music here: Apple Music. It costs £9.99/$9.99 a month, or £14.99/$14.99 a month for a family.

How to get Alexa to play Apple Music

To get Alexa to play a track from Apple Music on your Echo you will need to say:

“Alexa play [name of song/playlist] on Apple Music”

You can set Apple Music to be the default service on your Alexa, so that you don’t have to specify Apple Music each time.

  1. In the Amazon Alexa app tap on Settings.
  2. Tap Music.
  3. Tap Default music services under Account Settings.
  4. Tap Apple Music.

When will Apple Music for Alexa be available in the UK?

Apple Music arrived on the Echo in December 2018, but only in the US. How long will the rest of the world have to wait.

We anticipate that there won’t be a long wait. It’s likely that the reason for the delay is because music rights are different in different countries, with different teams of people working on the iTunes project. It’s more than likely that Apple’s UK and country’s subsidiaries are fine tuning things with a view to launching the service here in the spring or summer.