If you prefer Apple's music streaming service to Spotify, or whoever else is out there, you're a bit stuck when it comes to smart speakers. The HomePod is a pricey bastard, after all, even with the new £40 price cut. But thankfully times have changed, and Apple Music has arrived on the Amazon Echo for people in the UK.
We knew this would happen eventually, because Apple Music hit American Echos at the end of last year, but we were never given any sort of timetable to work with. But today is the day, and it means if you have a regular Echo you should be able to activate the Apple Music skill and play your playlists through your Echo. It also means you can stream through your Fire TV, if you're the type of person that feels they have to leave the TV on while they listen to music.
You will need to set up the Apple Music skill in the Alexa app before you can do anything, and of course you'll need to sign in with your Apple account to access all your existing stuff. Once that's done all you have to do is ask Alexa to play music from Apple Music, just as you would with Spotify or Amazon Music. Easy right? And you didn't need to spend hundreds of pounds to get it done.
Now if only Amazon and Google could settle their differences and bring Google services to the Echo, that'd be great. Also Apple Music on Google Home. [Pocket Lint]