Amazon Alexa can now play podcasts from Apple, making Amazon’s line of Echo devices the first third-party shoppers to assist the Apple Podcasts service with out utilizing AirPlay. Before, this degree of assist was restricted to Apple’s HomePod. According to Amazon, the addition brings to Alexa devices Apple’s library of greater than 800,000 podcasts. It additionally permits clients to set Apple Podcasts as their most well-liked podcast service.

The transfer is the newest in a collection of partnerships between the two rivals, which additionally included the launch of the Apple TV app on Amazon’s Fire TV platform, in addition to the launch of Apple Music on Echo devices and Fire TV. Amazon, in response, has expanded its assortment of Apple stock to embrace Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch and extra.

To get began, Apple customers who need to stream from Apple Podcasts will first want to hyperlink their Apple ID in the Alexa app. Customers can then ask Alexa to play or resume the podcasts they need to hear. Other participant instructions, like “next” or “fast forward,” work, too. And as you progress between devices, your progress inside every episode may also sync, which suggests you can begin listening on Alexa, then choose up the place you left off in your iPhone.

In the Alexa app’s Settings, customers may also have the ability to specify Apple Podcasts as their default participant, which suggests any time they ask Alexa for a podcast with out indicating a supply, it is going to stream from the Apple Podcasts service.

Not to be outdone, Spotify additionally in the present day introduced its assist for streaming podcasts on Alexa in the U.S.

Of course, Spotify Premium customers have been ready to use Spotify Connect to stream to Echo earlier than in the present day.

But now, Spotify says that each Free and Premium U.S. clients can be ready to ask Alexa for podcasts in addition to set Spotify as their default participant.

Alexa’s assist for Spotify podcasts was truly introduced in September (alongside different information) at Amazon’s annual Alexa occasion in Seattle, so it’s much less of a shock than the Apple addition.

At the time, Amazon mentioned it was including assist for Spotify’s podcast library in the U.S., which might convey “hundreds of thousands” of podcasts to Alexa devices. That additionally consists of Spotify’s quite a few unique podcasts — one thing that can give Echo customers a motive to set Spotify as their default, maybe.

Shortly after that announcement, Spotify mentioned its free service would additionally now stream to Alexa devices, as a substitute of solely its paid service for Premium subscribers.

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