Airplay 2 is nice but Apple Music would be better
Good to hear Airplay 2 is rolling out on Bose Smart speaker products. Hopefully it will work well and as good as using an AirPort Express via Aux connection has for me over the past few years.
Apple has built a whole ecosystem around Apple Music and ITunes accessibly over peripheral routers such as Airport Express and Apple TV. Apple now seems to be taking it one step further baking Apple Music and iTunes right into TVs and speakers.
If this latest strategy is a way for Apple to get out of the Apple TV market, as they did with wifi routers remain to be seem. It does seem though Apple is becoming more focused on services and and is very focused on providing content via Apple Music and iTunes movie rentals and tv subscriptions. By putting iTunes and Apple Music right in the various manufacturers hardware there is little need for low profit devices like Apple TV. Making Airplay perhaps a little redundant as well.
Hopefully Bose with see the value in finishing out the Airplay builds for SoundTouch but focus on getting Apple Music built right into the Smart Home (Smart and SoundTouch) speakers.