Apple Music is a streaming service that allows you to listen to over 90 million songs. Its great features include the ability to download your favourite tracks and play them offline, lyrics in real time, listening across all your favourite devices, new music personalized just for you, curated playlists from their editors and many more. All this is in addition to the exclusive and original content.
Apple Music is already on your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, Mac and HomePod mini — and you can listen with CarPlay or online at music.apple.com/ca Apple Music is also available on Windows and Android devices, Sonos speakers, Amazon Echo, Google Nest, Samsung Smart TVs and more.
What is Google Nest?
Google Nest is a line of smart home products including smart speakers, smart displays, streaming devices, thermostats, smoke detectors, routers and security systems including smart doorbells, cameras and smart locks.
The Nest brand name was initially owned by Nest Labs, co-founded by former Apple engineers Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers in 2010. Its flagship product, which was the company’s first offering, is the Nest Learning Thermostat, introduced in 2011. The product is programmable, self-learning, sensor-driven, and Wi-Fi-enabled: features that are often found in other Nest products. It was followed by the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in October 2013. After its acquisition of Dropcam in 2014, the company introduced its Nest Cam branding of security cameras beginning in June 2015.
Google acquired Nest Labs in January 2014. After Google reorganized itself under the holding company Alphabet Inc, Nest operated independently of Google from 2015 to 2018. However, in 2018, Nest was merged into Google’s home-devices unit led by Rishi Chandra, effectively ceasing to exist as a separate business. In July 2018, it was announced that all Google Home electronics products will be marketed under the Google Nest brand.
Back in December 2020, Apple Music launched on Google’s Nest devices, for users in France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Canada was not included as part of this initial launch
Now Apple Music has launched on Nest devices in Canada, along with Australia, India, South Korea and Mexico.
“We’ve got the music covered for your next holiday party! As of today, you can now ask Google Assistant on Google Nest and other Assistant-enabled smart speakers and displays to play your favourites on Apple Music in Canada,” explained Google.
Apple Music is rolled to Google Assistant-enabled devices like Nest Audio, Nest Hub Max, Nest Mini, and more. Apple Music subscribers can search and play songs (more than 90 million!), albums and playlists—all ad-free—just by using their voice,”
To get started with Apple Music, you’ll need to link your account in the Google Home app. Apple Music can be selected as the default music service. Then, once that’s done you can say something like, “Hey Google, play New Music Daily playlist,” or “Hey Google, play Rap Life playlist.”
Google Assistant will be able to play any specific song, artist or playlist available on Apple Music, plus music based on genre, mood, or activity, along with music from your personal music library.
How to add Apple Music to your Nest devices?
- To add Apple Music to your Nest devices on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device, open the Google Home app.
- Tap Settings.
- Tap Music.
- Under “More music services,” tap the Link icon next to Apple Music.
- Tap Link Account.
- Sign in with the Apple ID that you use with Apple Music and follow the onscreen steps to complete the setup.
- You’ll see an Access Request, with Google asking to access “Apple Music, media library and listening activity” for your Apple ID.
You’ll have the ability to set Apple Music as your default music service for Google devices.
With Google Assistant, you can now play songs, albums and playlists from Apple Music from your Nest device, along with asking to play music by genre, mood or activity.
The launch means Nest devices such as Nest Mini, Nest Audio, Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max can now stream Apple Music.
What is the cost of the Apple Music Voice Plan in Canada?
Apple Music Voice Plan is a streaming service designed for use with Siri that allows you to access over 90 million songs with just your voice. Request any song, album, artist, or playlist simply by asking. You also get personalized stations for any mood or activity, listening across all your favourite devices, curated playlists from Apple editors, new ways to use Siri with Apple Music that is personalized for you, exclusive and original content, and more.
Getting started with Apple Music Voice Plan is easy — simply ask Siri to play some music. You can subscribe within the app, and listen just by making a voice request on any Siri-enabled device.
The cost of the Apple Music Voice plan in Canada depends on what you choose.
- The Apple Music Voice Plan is $4.99 per month after a three-month trial.
- Students can choose the Apple Music Student Plan at $4.99 per month.
- An individual monthly subscription is just $9.99 after a three-month free trial.
- The Apple Music Family Plan, which allows you to share your account with up to five people and gives each member a personal account, is just $14.99 per month.
- The Apple Music Individual Plan and the Apple Music Family Plan are also included in Apple One, which bundles up to five other Apple services into a single monthly subscription. Apple One plans start at $15.95 per month.
If you are a student you get the same Apple Music features and benefits as individual members. Once your student status with your college or university is verified, you get student membership pricing for up to four years, as long as you remain a student. After four years, your membership will continue at the individual member price.
New subscribers can get six months of Apple Music free with an eligible audio device. Make sure your iPhone or iPad is running the latest version of iOS or iPadOS. Then you can activate your Apple Music trial after you pair your audio device to your iPhone or iPad. You’ll have three months to redeem the offer after the first activation of the eligible device.
Note that your iTunes library is still yours. You can access your entire collection from Apple Music or from iTunes for macOS or Windows.
This is how you can set up Apple Music on Google nest.