- You can enable the new skill through the Alexa app or Amazon’s website
- Users can set Apple Music as their default music streaming source
- India is only one of a few countries in which Apple Music supports Alexa
Amazon has announced that Apple Music will now be available to users of the Alexa voice assistant in India, and will work across all Amazon Echo devices as well as third-party smart speakers and other Alexa-enabled products. Anyone who owns an Alexa-enabled device and also has an Apple Music subscription will be able to link their accounts and play millions of songs with a simple voice command. Apple’s curated playlists and radio stations, including Beats 1, are also accessible just by asking Alexa to play them. Users can set up the Apple Music skill through the Amazon.in website or through the Skills Store in the Alexa app on any device.
Apple’s support page for Apple Music on Alexa now includes India as one of only 13 countries in which this integration is supported. The other countries are Austria, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, the UK, and the US. If you are using an iPhone, Apple recommends updating to the latest version of iOS, which as of today is iOS 13. You will also need the latest version of the Alexa app.
Alexa can play individual songs, or can start playing music from a specific artist, album, or genre. It can also play Apple’s expert curated playlists, or your own as long as you have iCloud Music Library enabled. For example, Apple suggests that you can say “Alexa, play Chill radio on Apple Music,” or “Alexa, play Ariana Grande on Apple Music.” According to Amazon, users can also ask specifically for Bollywood music or songs in Indian languages.