Can Alexa Access My iTunes Library On My Computer?

  • By: Joe Cook
  • Date: May 9, 2022
  • Time to read: 4 min.

Alexa is a great tool that allows you to get information and control your home with an Amazon Echo or other Alexa enabled device. But what happens if you have all of your music on your computer?

Stream iTunes Music With Alexa

  • Open Alexa app.
  • Tap “Skills” in the top left corner of your screen.
  • Tap on “Add a new skill”.
  • Give it a name and description, then tap “Next”.
  • Choose an IFTTT channel to use for this skill (if you don’t have one yet, create one by following these instructions)  then tap “Next”.  You will now be given the option to add some trigger conditions that must be met before the action takes place (e.g., when I wake up, or when my phone is connected to Bluetooth).  For our purposes, we will leave them as default and skip ahead to step 7b of the tutorial below: 7a) Give your device a nickname if you like (we’ll use ‘Alexa’) 8a) Select how long each trigger should occur for either every hour or only once per day then tap Next 9a) Choose what action should take place when this condition is met either play or pause music on iTunes 10b)) On your Alexaenabled device go into Settings/Devices/Music/iTunes 11b)) Select Music Library from the menu 12c) Click Manage library from the menu 13d Place a checkmark next to Automatically upload purchased items 14e If necessary enable Allowance Sync 15f To enable Allowance Sync select Allowance Sync , then click Done 16f Select Enable sync 17g When prompted

Stream Apple Music With Alexa

  • Open the Alexa app.
  • Tap the microphone icon in the top right corner of your screen.
  • Say “Alexa, play Apple Music.”
  • To change songs or artists, say “Alexa, next” or “Alexa, previous”.
  • To pause music, say “Alexa, pause” or press the button on your speaker to play/pause music manually if it does not work automatically with Alexa’s voice commands (iTunes and Google Play).
  • To stop a song, say “Alexa, Stop” or by pressing the button on your speaker.
  • To skip to the next track, say “Alexa, Next”.
  • To go back to the previous track, say “Alexa, Previous.”
  • If you have multiple devices with Alexa installed and they are all playing music at the same time (iTunes and Google Play will play music simultaneously if both services are enabled), you can use voice commands like “Alexa turn on Apple Music” or “Alexa switch to Spotify”, instead of saying something like “Play Apple Music” because it will only be played on one device at a time.

Stream Any iTunes Songs Using Alexa On Your Speaker

  • Enable iTunes Match.
  • Connect your iPhone to a speaker using the Lightning to 3.5mm audio cable that came with your iPhone, or use an auxiliary cable (like this one).
  • Open the Alexa app on your iPhone and select “Devices” in the menu bar at the top of the screen. Select “Add Device”.
  • Go back to Settings > Music and switch on iTunes Match for all songs you want to stream from iCloud Music Library (if you haven’t already).
  • Go back to Settings > General > Siri & Search and make sure that “Use handsfree voice recognition” is enabled for both “Siri” and “Hey Siri” commands (if it’s not already).
  • After completion, all those songs under your iTunes library can now be freely streamed on your speaker using Alexa.
  • Take note that in case you wanted to have your speaker disconnected, you can just simply say “Alexa, disconnect from my device”.
  • Afterward, the disconnection will be done.

How to Play iTunes on Alexa

  • Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes and Alexa.
  • On your computer, download and install the Alexa app on your iOS device (iPhone or iPad).
  • Open up the Alexa app, tap on “Add a new skill”, then select “Music” in the list of available categories. Choose to pair with iTunes in order to play music from your iTunes library on an Echo device.
  • On your iPhone or iPad, go into Settings > Music > Switch to iCloud Music Library and make sure that this is enabled for all devices associated with your Apple ID account (e.g., iPhone, iPad).
  • Turn on Bluetooth headphones if you’re listening through a Bluetooth headset or speaker system; otherwise use a 3conductor stereo cable between Echo device and audio source such as an Amazon Fire TV Stick or other audio player connected via HDMI cable

How to Stream iTunes from Offline Storage

  • Download and install iTunes.
  • Connect the iPhone to your computer using a cable or wirelessly by setting up a new sync in iTunes.
  • In iTunes, click on “Summary” tab at the top of the window and then click on “Sync Now”.
  • Click on “Apply” button at the bottom right corner of iTunes window to start syncing with your iPhone.
  • Wait until the process is complete and then disconnect from your computer and turn off WiFi connection if you have enabled it for this purpose earlier in step 2 above .
  • A Bluetooth connection between your Echo speaker and the device where the songs are stored.
  • Of course, some minor Alexa app configurations.
  • Make sure both your devices are Bluetooth enabled by going to the Settings menu on your Mac or in Windows.

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