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Apple Music Skill Review (as of 12/21/18)
December 21, 2018
Before getting into the review, I want to address a few things.
- Firstly, for those giving 1 star reviews because you need a subscription, did you read the description? It specifically says: "Active Apple Music subscription required."
- Secondly, this is not a 5 star skill. I feel people are rating it this high because, "It is finally on Alexa! I love you Apple!" Yes, it is awesome, but it is not perfect.
- Finally, you can shuffle your playlists, but you have to say "Alexa, shuffle." after saying what playlist you want to play. It's annoying but it gets the job done for now.
Now, let's be honest: this skill is rushed. Some have problems with linking their accounts. The skill is available only in the US. Some devices aren't compatible. You can't play from your library unless you put all of the songs in a playlist.
While I was able to link successfully and play on my 1st Gen Echo, my main gripe with this skill is sometimes the song will suddenly SKIP to the next song. It doesn't matter if it is your playlist or a radio station. This really annoys me, and it is what prevents me from switching to Apple Music completely.
On a positive note, I was able to play my songs from the iCloud Library by putting them on a playlist. So that means I get to play my anime music! I wish more streaming services allow you to upload and play local music like Apple Music.
Overall, this skill is a mixed bag. I hope the problems will get resolved soon. If it does, the rating will change. For a better experience, I recommend using Bluetooth for the time being.