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Android and iOS: Google Home supports Apple Music

Android and iOS: Google Home supports Apple Music

Both the latest Android and iOS Google Home apps have recently made it possible to select Apple Music as a music service and associate it with Google Home without official announcement. However, the offered option does not currently work despite being displayed in the app.

Apple Music was previously listed on the Google Home app for a short time, but in a separate section with a note of limited availability and only on iOS. Now, however, the option appears directly in the music section when selecting the associated services. And that according to previous findings worldwide, because even in Germany, the option for an update to choose from. The integration could Apple Music not only be played on the Google Home speakers in the future, but also be controlled by voice command on this.

Since the end of last year, Amazon's Alexa-enabled echo speakers support Apple Music – at least in the US, in Germany, this functionality is not yet available. However, Amazon does not offer native support, but Apple Music has to be added later via a skill.

Google Home App lists Apple Music
Google Home App lists Apple Music

Apple Music on Amazon Echo and Google Home

Amazon's echo speakers are apart from the HomePod from Apple itself only the second voice-controlled, smart speakers on which Apple Music is available. Google Home is now expected to expand this tier. So far, Apple and Google had not supported each other on their voice-controlled speakers as music services, but Apple Music is already available for Android. Apple supports directly in the HomePod and voice control only their own music service Apple Music. Neither Spotify nor Google Play Music can be started via a Siri command. The only way to still play these services through the HomePod is in the AirPlay functionality and streaming through a connected smartphone.

That Apple will open on the HomePod, which is only sold since mid-2018 in Germany, other services, may be doubted despite the upcoming release by Google, however.

Additional pressure for Spotify

Spotify is unlikely to be pleased about the upcoming integration of Apple Music into Google Home, as both music streaming services in the US are neck and neck in terms of user numbers – globally, Spotify has more users than Apple Music.

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