How to connect Apple Music to Alexa Quick Start
You can stream music from many different streaming services, including Spotify, Deezer, and Pandora. If you own an Alexa device, such as the Echo dot or similar, you will most likely use Amazon music. This is because Amazon music is the default music streaming platform.
Apple Music subscribers or those who simply want to change their music streaming platform can connect Apple Music with Alexa and set it as the default for single tracks and playlists.
Once you have connected, you can stream tracks directly from Apple Music on any Alexa-enabled device. Apple Music for Alexa can only be accessed in North and South America.
These steps will help you set up Apple Music on an Alexa device such as the Echo Dot. Continue reading to learn how this is done.
How do you play Apple Music on your Alexa device?
- Launch the Amazon Alexa App from your device. The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for iPhone and Google Play for Android.
- You will find “More”, in the right corner of the screen on your home screen.
- Next, click on the three-line icon. Click on “Settings”.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the menu and click on “Alexa Preferences.”
- Next, click “New Service.”
- Next, choose Apple Music from the available music platforms. Click on “Default Services” in the upper right corner of your screen if you don’t see Apple Music.
- Next, click “Enable to use.”
- You will then need to log in to your Apple account with your Apple ID, passcode, and Apple ID. Below are steps to change your password if you forget it. You might also be asked to enter a 2-factor verification code that will be sent to you.
- After logging in, click “Allow.”
- Next, click on “Close.”
- Next, click on “Open Music Settings”.
- Click on “Change” to make Apple Music your default music platform. Apple Music can be set as the default music platform for artists, genre tracks, and stations. Apple Podcasts can be set as your default podcast streaming service.
How can you make Apple Music your default music streaming service on Alexa?
You can’t ask Alexa to play a specific track or identify a song if Apple Music isn’t your default music streaming platform. If you attempt to give Alexa any of these commands, it will cut the link to your smartphone and play tracks on Amazon Music instead.
Imagine that you don’t want your Alexa to continue saying “on Apple Music” every time you ask it to play Apple Music. You can then make streaming the default.
How can you achieve this?
- Start by opening the Amazon Alexa App from your device.
- You will see a three-line in the upper left corner of the screen on your home screen
- Next, click “Settings.
- Scroll down and click “Music and Podcasts”.
- Click on “Default Services”.
- Next, click on the “Music” button and select “Apple Music.”
Ask Alexa to play tracks from your Apple Music playlist
To confirm that Apple Music can play songs on Alexa, add “on Apple Music” to the list of verbal commands. You can say “Alexa play Michael Jackson on Apple Music” or “Alexa plays Tune radio on Apple Music”.
You can use the Amazon Alexa app to create Multi-Room Music if you want to hear Apple Music in stereo, or different rooms. This configuration allows you to play Apple Music tracks on multiple Alexa devices simultaneously.
Your Alexa device can be verbally controlled to change the volume, skip tracks or go back to a particular track. You can also play, pause or stop Apple Music tracks.
You could end up being an Apple Music or Amazon Alexa speaker nut, but you don’t know what to do with Apple Music when you sync it with Alexa. Don’t panic, the steps shown above will show you exactly how to do it. Apple does limit verbal commands.