Apple Music will come to third-party Alexa speakers

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Look out for Apple Music on other Alexa speakers soon.
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Apple Music will make its way to third-party Alexa speakers eventually, Amazon has confirmed.

The streaming service finally joined Alexa earlier this week — you may have gotten an announcement notification on your iPhone — but it’s currently available only on Amazon’s own Echo devices.

We were pleasantly surprised when Amazon confirmed last month that Apple Music was on its way to Alexa. We certainly weren’t expecting it, but it was welcome news for Music subscribers who bought a more affordable Echo speaker over the $350 HomePod.

When Apple Music arrived on Alexa earlier this week, however, we discovered a disappointing setback. It only supports first-party Amazon speakers … for now.

Apple Music will expand its reach on Alexa speakers

If you have an Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Show, then, you can use Apple Music with Alexa just fine. If you have a speaker made by a third-party company (not Amazon), you’re our of luck for now.

But that won’t always be the case.

“Amazon has confirmed to me @AppleMusic will be coming to other Alexa enabled devices in the future,” tweeted Raymond Wong, senior technology correspondent at Mashable.

Amazon did not confirm when the expansion would come — we could be waiting a while for it — but knowing it will happen eventually is more comforting than not knowing at all.

If you’d rather not wait, you can pick up Amazon’s own speakers at discounted prices right now. The retailer has been offering generous price cuts as we approach the holidays; keep an eye on our Deals & Steals liveblog to ensure you don’t miss them.