How To Play Apple Music On Alexa?

by John Sanderson
How To Play Apple Music On Alexa

Smart homes are booming, and Alexa is at the center of it all. From allowing you to chat with friends and family from anywhere to making your home more energy-efficient, smart home technology is reshaping the way we live. However, smart devices have their limitations. As a result, many homeowners have set up various assistants to control various household electronics. However, not all of these devices are created equal. In this article, you will learn how to set up and manage multiple Alexa devices from a single source. You will also learn what features should be included when setting up an Alexa device.

How To Set Up An Alexa Device?

  1. First, you will need to download the Alexa app on your phone. Downloading the app is required for all devices that are connected to an Alexa account.
  2. After downloading the app, you will need to link your Amazon account with your phone. If you have not linked your account with your phone, then do so now by following these steps:
  3. Once linked, open the Alexa app and tap “Add Device.” Tap “Continue” to confirm that you want to add another device from this list:
  4. Now, click the “Alexa” icon on the top right corner of the screen:
  5. Next, you will need to select the “Home” tab:
  6. Next, you will need to select the “Accounts” tab:
  7. Now, tap on the account that you want to add a device under:
  8. After selecting your account, you will need to choose your speaker from this list: If you do not have a speaker listed here, then tap the “Add new device” button in the top right corner of the screen and choose “Alexa device.” Then tap on your speaker from this list:  Once selected, tap on “Continue”:
  9. After selecting your speaker, you will need to name it and then choose whether it should be connected or always listening for voice commands: Once selected, tap “Continue”:  You may now have multiple devices connected to one account by following these steps again. However, if you want them all connected to one account without having to repeat this process, then follow these steps:
  10. Once connected, you will need to confirm the name of your speaker and its installation location in the app by following these steps:
  11. You will now need to configure your voice settings by following these steps: When asked, say “Alexa” or “Amazon” to confirm that you want to set up the device.
  12. You will now need to set up your device’s wake word by following these steps: When asked, say “Alexa” or “Amazon” to confirm that you want a wake word.
  13. You will now need to enable the device’s control of other devices by following these steps: When asked, say “Alexa” or “Amazon” to confirm that you want the device to control other devices.  If there is no compatibility listed for your speaker, then follow these steps:
  14. To connect your speaker with Alexa, you will need an internet connection and an Alexa account on your phone: Once connected, it should show up in your list of connected devices and you should be able to use it as any other Alexa-enabled device on Amazon:
  15. You can now use your speaker with Alexa, the Amazon Echo, or any other Alexa-enabled device.

What Is An Alexa Device?

An Alexa device is a speaker, microphone, or another connected device that allows you to Alexa talk to other devices in your home. This could be a smart home device like an Amazon Alexa or Google Home, a fitness device like a FitBit, or a regular speaker. When you have an Alexa device, you can ask it questions such as “What time is my plane arriving in New York?” or “Who’s calling me right now?” You can also play music, set a timer, or make a reservation for yourself or your loved ones. You can also make calls with the device. Alexa is incredibly flexible, allowing you to create skills that do almost anything you could ever want or need.

Pros And Cons Of Alexa Device:

pros:

  • The device is affordable.
  • You can use the device and its skills without having to have an Alexa-enabled device, like the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot.
  • The device can be used to control other devices, like a smart home, fitness tracker, or regular speaker.
  • The device is easy to use and set up.
  • You can connect the device with Alexa (Amazon Echo) or Google Home and control any other skill that you want to use it for (e.g., making calls). There are many skills on both platforms that you can use it for and there are more than 50 million of them available on both platforms already today!
  • The device allows you to communicate with customers through voice commands and text messages in many different languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazil), Italiano (Italy), Dutch (Belgium), Swedish (Sweden), Norwegian (Norway), Danish (Denmark), Finnish (Finland), and Russian.
  • You can use the device to make calls from your phone.
  • You can play music from the device using Spotify or other apps.
  • You can listen to news or podcasts with the device using Overcast or Pocket Casts, as well as many others that are available on both platforms today!
  • The device is easy to set up and connect to your Wi-Fi network and you can control it with your smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop computer, or any other Alexa-enabled device that you have!

cons:

  • If you do not have an Alexa-enabled device like an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot in your home, then you cannot use this speaker as a skill for controlling various devices in your house (e.g., smart home). In addition, if you do not have a smartphone connected to the internet with an Alexa app installed on it (e.g., Apple iOS), then you cannot use the device as a skill for controlling other devices in your home.
  • If you are using an Alexa-enabled device (e.g., Amazon Echo), you have to have an Amazon Prime membership or be a member of the Amazon Prime family in order to use all of the skills on that device (e.g., playing music, making calls, calling a customer service agent). You can also use Echo Dot, which is not an Alexa-enabled device but only costs $49.99 and can also be used to control and make calls on your phone or tablet!
  • In order to set up the device, you need to have an Alexa-enabled phone that is connected to the internet (e.g., iPhone 5s). You will need to download an application called “Alexa App” that allows you to control and make calls from your smartphone or tablet with your voice commands on a smartphone or tablet connected with a Wi-Fi network that has Alexa installed.
  • You can only set up one device at a time. If you want to use the device to make calls from your phone, you will need to unplug the speaker from the power outlet and plug in your phone again after you are done making calls.
  • The device has no built-in microphone for listening to the audio on the speaker (e.g., listening to music or podcasts).
  • For those of us without an Alexa-enabled phone that is connected to a Wi-Fi network, we have to have an Alexa app installed on our smartphone or tablet in order to make calls using voice commands on a smartphone or tablet connected with a Wi-Fi network that has Alexa installed; otherwise, we cannot use it as a skill for controlling various devices in our home (e.g., smart home).
  • If you want to use the device to listen to audio on the speaker, you can only do that if it is plugged into an outlet.
  • The device comes with a power adapter that plugs into your wall socket and a USB cord for charging the battery pack; however, you cannot use it as a skill for listening to the audio on your phone or tablet while charging the battery pack.
  • The device has no built-in microphone for listening to the audio on the speaker (e.g., listening to music or podcasts).
  • For those of us without an Alexa-enabled phone that is connected to a Wi-Fi network, we have to have an Alexa app installed on our smartphone or tablet in order to make calls using voice commands on a smartphone or tablet connected with a Wi-Fi network that has Alexa installed; otherwise, we cannot use it as a skill for controlling various devices in our home (e.g., smart home).

Conclusion

The best way to start using an Alexa device is to get it connected to your home network. You can then manage it using the Alexa app on your phone or laptop. From there, you can look into adding other devices like smart lights and switches, refrigerators, dishwashers, etc.

If you are planning on doing a lot of voice-activated operations in your home, it is a good idea to get a device with an infrared port so you can control devices in other rooms with the same voice command. You can also check out our best Alexa devices list for more recommendations.

FAQs:

Q: Is there a way to stream music to Alexa devices?

A: Yes. You can stream music from Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. You can also ask Alexa to play music from your Amazon Music library on your phone or tablet.

Q: Can I use Alexa in my car?

A: No. Only the Echo Dot is compatible with car stereos. The Echo and Echo Plus are not compatible with car stereos.

Q: Will Alexa work with my smart home devices?

A: Yes, you can control all of the smart home devices that are compatible with Amazon’s Smart Home system. You can link all of them using the Amazon Echo skill for your particular brand of smart home device. Note that some of the smart home devices do not have a built-in microphone, so you will need to create an account on their respective websites and link it with your Amazon account (e.g., if you want to use it as a smart home hub).

Q: Can I use Alexa in my car?

A: Yes, you can use Alexa in your car. It will work with any vehicle that has an AUX-in port. You can also connect it to your smartphone (via Bluetooth) to stream music to the car via Bluetooth connection.

Q: Can I use Alexa in my home theater?

A: Yes, you can use Alexa devices to control all of the smart home devices that are compatible with Amazon’s Smart Home system. You can link all of them using the Amazon Echo skill for your particular brand of smart home device. Note that some of the smart home devices do not have a built-in microphone, so you will need to create an account on their respective websites and link it with your Amazon account (e.g., if you want to use it as a smart home hub).