Smart technology and biometrics have changed the game for accessing and controlling spaces and things. You can now use your identity and verbal commands to control things on a higher level than the hand remote. Who wouldn’t like to boss Alexa around from an armchair?
Well, you can ask Alexa to stream your music and media with simple voice commands to the right device. You can now play Apple Music on Amazon Fire TV in some regions, as well as on your mobile phone or iPad. Alexa is Amazon’s Virtual Assistant who is built into smart devices. You can play Apple Music using Alexa, and this tutorial is going to show you how.
1. Get Your Equipment
1. Apple Music Subscription – if you are not an Apple Music subscriber, follow these steps to get an account:
2. Update your iPhone, iPad, or whatever device you plan to use with Apple Music
3. Back up your iOS before joining
4. Join Apple Music. Open the Apple Music app. Look for the option to join Apple Music and select For You. Click on the Trial Offer and choose the type of subscription that you would like. Enter your Apple ID and password. Confirm your details and add a payment method. If this is not your first time signing up, choose Renew:
5. Agree to the Terms and Conditions. Select your preferred genres and artists. Follow your friends!
Amazon Prime members can access over 2 million songs through Prime Music at no charge. Amazon Music Unlimited members can access around 10 million songs to stream wirelessly.
6. You may use Amazon Alexa-powered Echo speaker, Amazon Fire TV, or Sonos speakers that are Alexis enabled. These items can be ordered on the Amazon website.
7. Update iOS Device setup for Alexa with latest iOS
2. Setup Your Apple Music With Alexa
Setting up Alexa to play your music is really a straightforward, simple process. Once you have all of your equipment and your device is updated, proceed to setup your Apple Music with Alexa by following these steps:
1. Make sure you are signed in to Amazon, and that Echo is connected.
2. Then open the Amazon Alexa app
3. Tap the Menu button in the upper left corner
4. Select Settings
5. In Alexa Preferences, select Music
6. Select Link New Service. Then select the Apple Music icon.
7. Tap Enable to Use for the Apple Music skill
8. Sign in with your Apple ID or with two-step authentication
9. Select Allow Access
You can also enable Apple Music skill online in the Alexa skill store.
3. Setup Apple Music as the Default Music Service
As ways to access and use your Apple Music and Amazon accounts become more sophisticated, some wonder if the once indispensable iTunes is on its way out. Apple may be transitioning its users toward Apple Music and away from iTunes in the near future. Make Apple Music the default music service on your device so that you won’t be left behind, and son that you won’t have to keep saying Apple Music each time you give Alexa a command. To make Apple Music the default, follow these steps:
1. Launch the Amazon Alexa app
2. Tap on the Menu button up in the left corner
3. Go to Settings > Music & Media >Choose Default Music Services. Under the Default music library, select Apple Music from among other streaming services such as Spotify or Pandora:
4. Apple Music is now your default music service
Now when you play your music, Apple Music will play as the default service. (You can still select songs to play from Amazon or Prime music.)
4. Ask Alexa To Play Your Music
Streaming music is one of the key features of Alexa. Now that you’re all set up, you can get Alexa to play your favorite music. Choose from albums, artists, songs, or genres and get your music playing by following these steps:
1. Make sure your equipment is ON and programmed correctly
2. Say Alexa, play Red radio on Apple Music, or something to that affect
3. Create Multi-room music groups in the Alexa app so that you can listen with Alexa all over your home or office.
Alexa should play as many songs as you request once you can stream. If you are limited to playing 2 or 3 songs using Alexa, or you get Alexa saying Sorry, I am having trouble playing music error, you can delete the Apple Music skill and re-add it.
5. Ask Alexa To Create a New Playlist
Amazon created the capacity for Alexa to create music playlists. You must use Amazon streaming services for this feature. You can say Alexa, create a new playlist. If you use Apple Music to create the list, you can use a computer or telephone.
There are other features or commands that you can use with Alexa that do not work with Apple Music, but rather Amazon, or maybe Spotify. This includes creating a music alarm with Alexa. This can be done using Amazon Music, SiriusXM, iHeartRadio, Spotify and Pandora, but not with Apple Music.
6. Stream From Your iPhone Via Bluetooth
By using Bluetooth, you can also stream music from your iPhone to Echo. Do this by pairing your Echo device to Bluetooth speakers. Supported Bluetooth Profiles are Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) and Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP).
1. Set your Bluetooth speakers a minimum of 3 ft apart. Choose a Bluetooth speaker that is certified for use with Echo.
2. Turn on the Bluetooth speaker and turn the Volume UP.
3. Turn Bluetooth speaker pairing mode ON
4. In Alexa, select Devices
5. Choose your device
6. Then choose Bluetooth Devices and then select Pair a New Device. You can say Alexa pair or Alexa Bluetooth.
7. A list of available devices should appear. Select your Bluetooth speaker and continue through the instructions.
After you are done, or if you already have Alexa setup, follow these steps:
1. Make sure your iPhone is nearby
2. Say Alexa, pair
3. Alexa will switch to pairing mode
4. Echo will appear as Echo – XXX
5. Select the name to connect Echo to your iPhone
6. Go to Devices > Echo & Alexa
7. Select the Echo device you want to pair with your iPhone
8. Go to Connected Devices and type entry to Pair Alexa Gadget
9. Go to Bluetooth on your iPhone and select the name now listed for Echo. Your Echo is now connected.
When you open the music app on your iPhone, you can play music through your Echo device. Control the playback with Alexa.
Note: Alexa can’t receive notifications or phone calls from your iPhone. Alexa can’t read your text messages.
Update Your Alexa Device Software
Updating Amazon Echo has been a solution for many issues associated with using Alexa.
When your Alexa devices are connected wirelessly, the software updates automatically download and install. If you are manually performing the update, first find out what is the latest version of Alexa software you will need from Alexa Device Software Updates. To find out, go to the Menu and select Devices. Select your device and then About.
You can also ask Alexa to install the latest version of your Software by saying Check for software updates.
Download the latest version of your Device’s software automatically by following these steps:
1. Make sure your device is ON with active Internet connection
2. Refrain from speaking while Alexa is making the update
3. When your update is ready for install, your device’s indicator light should blink blue.
4. Give your device time to complete the update
5. Restart your device and say Check for Software Updates to make suer everything has been updated.
If your Alexa device software has issues while trying to update, try these solutions:
1. Unplug the power adapter on the Echo device and replug it.
2. Press and hold then Power button on Amazon Tap for about 5 seconds until you see the button go dim. Press the Power button again to restart.
3. Press and hold the Mic/Camera Off button on Echo Look for about 10 seconds. When you see the light ring has turned OFF, release the button. Reboot by pressing and holding the Mic/Camera Off button for about 3 seconds until the lighting ring turns blue.
If, for some reason, you decide to unlink Apple Music and Alexa, you can do so by following these steps:
1. Launch the Amazon Alexa app
2. Tap on the Menu button up in the left corner
3. In Alexa Preferences, go to Settings > Music
4. Select Disable Skill. Your Apple Music is now unlinked from Alexa.
Contact Apple Support
If you were not able to connect Alexa to your Apple Music and use the Alexa app for verbal commands to play the music, you can find support in the Apple forums, contact Apple Support, or visit the Genius Bar for more assistance.