Looks Like Google Home Is Testing Out an Apple Music Integration

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During Mobile World Congress 2019, Google announced several new features for its digital assistant.

Those new features included Android Messages support, new Google Maps functionality, and bilingual support for the assistant.

Next up, it looks like Google will finally be offering Apple Music integration.

Google Home users are reporting that Apple Music began appearing as a supported service in the Google Home app.  Soon, Android users confirmed the same thing.  Apple’s music service can be selected as the default audio provider on any device.

Will Apple Music join the ranks of YouTube Music, Pandora, Play Music, Spotify, and Deezer with Google Home integration?

The only problem is that the appearance looks to be unintentional.  Initial reports about the inclusion noted that users were unable to sign-in to authenticate with Apple Music.  After several outlets reported that Apple Music showed up in the Google Home app, the icon quickly disappeared.

Google finally issued a comment to VentureBeat regarding the incident, saying it has “nothing to announce regarding updates to Google Home.”

What seems likely is that Google is testing integration with Apple Music in a dogfood build meant to be used internally.

Somehow, that build got pushed live during an update and Google quickly fixed the mistake.

Perhaps Google will announce the new integration at their upcoming Google I/O presentation in May. Once the service launches, you’ll be able to play your Apple Music playlists, ask for songs, and more directly with Hey Google commands.

There’s no telling when the feature will be available officially, but it seems likely that support for Apple Music is likely coming to Google Home devices.