Amazon launches free, ad-supported music service for Alexa devices

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Google will bring the YouTube app to Amazon's Fire TV devices and smart TVs, along with YouTube TV and Kids later this year.

"This announcement is just one example of the deepening integration between YouTube Music and Google Assistant-enabled hardware". The next salvo was Google's when it blocked Amazon's Echo Show smart display from accessing YouTube content.

To start using YouTube Music on your Google Home smart speaker, simply open Account Settings in your Google Home app, go to Services and select Music. The latter isn't a major concern, however, as YouTube can already be accessed through the tablet's browser.

Amazon on Thursday launched a new music service for its Alexa devices that's free to use but includes ads. Here's what Heather Rivera, YouTube's Head of Product Partnerships said of the partnership: "We are excited to work with Amazon to launch the official YouTube apps on Fire TV devices worldwide". From there, tap Music and select YouTube Music as the default music service. Google pulled YouTube from Fire TVs years ago in protest of this snub. In a bit of "tit for tat", Amazon kept its own Prime Video from Google's Android TV and Chromecast devices.

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Google and Amazon have buried the hatchet and will be putting each other's key streaming apps on their devices.

Amazon and Google are ending their almost 2-year spat, agreeing to bring their video streaming apps to each others devices.

From today, YouTube Music is offering free, ad-supported music streaming on Google Home speakers, as well as other Google Assistant-powered speakers such as the Sony LF-S50G and JBL Link 20.

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