Here is another extension for Apple Music users on Amazon Fire TVs, and for a start, it will only affect US-based users
Apple Music owners can now listen to Apple music on their Amazon Fire TVs if perhaps you have one in your reach. The news has rather come only a few months after Apple Music became available on Echo devices stateside. Apple’s streaming service is also expected to come to Echo users in the UK in the coming weeks.
If you own an Amazon Fire TV, then you can attest to the fact that the network already has lineup options for music service, including Spotify, Amazon music, iHeartRadio and many more. However, Apple Music fan may have always felt neglected until now that the platform now offers similar access for Apple Music as well. Either way, it is a no-brainer for Apple music lovers who are already streaming iMusic on Echo device.
With Apple joining the already existing bandwagon of Music services on Amazon FTV, it still falls behind Spotify and Pandora in terms of paid and unpaid users, at least for a start. However, its partnership with Amazon could expand its reach, and in return makes it more eligible to compete. Apple Music, which launched in 2015, has 56 million subscribers worldwide. This is still just a fraction of Spotify’s vast user base, which tallies in at 87 million paid subscribers and 109 million on the free tier.
While Apple’s approach on Amazon Fire TV might be tagged as ‘territory invasion’, the Sweedish-based Spotify, is not taking it any likely, as it has already tendered a complaint to the European Commission’s antitrust regulators (ECAR) about Apple’s 30 percent tax on purchases made through the App Store, which the company feels gives Apple an unfair advantage over other services. The tax essentially forces Spotify to choose between charging extra for its Premium service or losing some of its profit to Apple.
If you already own an Amazon Fire TV, you can activate the Apple Music app directly on your device. If the Apple Music skill is already activated on your Alexa app, you can play your tunes on Fire TV immediately. I guess its a plus to the existing collection.