Although its mobile business has definitely seen better days, LG remains one of the big names in the TV and display markets. It is also one of the few in this market that develops and uses its own smart TV platform instead of adopting something like Android TV. While this has the benefit of giving LG more control over the experience, it also means that it has less access to some of the applications and services that consumers can expect to already exist. Case in point, Amazon Music is only now coming to TV, but at least it will be reaching even four-year-old products.
It seems almost antithetical at first, but TVs, especially smart ones, have long since ceased to be video-only devices. You can play games, surf the web, control your home and, yes, even listen to music streaming on the big screen. Assuming, of course, that you have the right app for that streaming service available.
With the Amazon Music app, LG smart TV owners who are also Prime members can finally access two million songs on their TVs. If they are Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers, they can even access millions more. If they have the new LG Magic Remote, they can even say a few magic phrases to get the TV to do its bidding without lifting a finger. LG 2020 TV owners can also use Bluetooth surround sound to build their own makeshift entertainment system in their living room with two Bluetooth speakers.
The addition of Amazon Music is LG’s latest attempt to bring more media sources and applications to its webOS-based smart TV platform. His previous campaign involved adding support for Apple AirPlay 2 and even HomeKit last year, while the Apple TV app arrived earlier this year.
LG says the Amazon Music app will be compatible with LG’s LGD, NanoCell and LCD smart TV models since 2016. Given the latest PR error about AirPlay 2 support in 2018 TVs, some users may be a little suspicious of that promise, at least until the resource actually arrives.