The team behind Apple Music is keeping busy. Among all of Cupertino's services and products, it's the most platform-agnostic and the one that has made an effort to support Android as best as it could. In the past few months, the Apple Music app has added Android tablet support, Android Auto compatibility, and is supposed to integrate into Google Maps at some point. Beyond that, it looks like the streaming service will soon be compatible with Google Assistant and Home speakers.
If you head over to the Music service providers list in Google Assistant, you'll see a new option for Apple Music. A pop-up shows up when you select it, but tapping to link the account doesn't do anything. This is clearly buggy and not working properly yet, but it should be functional soon.
This isn't the first time Apple Music has branched out: just last December, it added support for Amazon Alexa and its Echo line-up. That kind of compatibility only makes sense if the streaming service is to be competitive against the likes of Spotify. Echo and Home speakers are far more popular than the HomePod and Apple would be excluding a huge chunk of its potential market if it only catered to the latter.
According to a Google spokesperson, "Apple Music is currently only available for Google Assistant users on mobile phones. We have nothing to announce regarding updates to Google Home." So the wait continues.
- Himanshu Singh