The Amazon Echo is the company’s smart speaker that includes the digital assistant called “Alexa”, and it’s gaining new skills weekly. Since the Echo was released, you could play your music and other audio from your Amazon Music collection, audiobooks from Audible, Podcasts from TuneIn, Pandora, and others.
And now, the Spotify service is baked in, and you can play music directly from the streaming music service. Previously you could play music from Spotify but had to stream it from your phone or other mobile devices via Bluetooth to the Echo.
Note: For this to work, you will need to be subscribed to Spotify Premium, which is $9.99/month.
Playing Spotify Directly from Amazon Echo
Using this new feature is easy. The first thing you’ll need to do is set up your Spotify account with the Echo. To do that, launch the Echo app on your mobile device, or you can do it from your PC using the web version.
The navigate to Settings > Music & Media and click Link account on Spotify.com. Then sign in with your Spotify account username and password and verify you want to link your account.
That’s it! Now you can start playing your music from Spotify directly on the Echo. Here’s a look at the voice command you can use:
The addition of Spotify is great because the number of albums and artists on Amazon Music is limited. The only drawback is that you do need to be a Spotify Premium member, but you can always try the premium mode free for 30 days to see if you like it.
As I mentioned previously, new features are being added to the Amazon Echo on a weekly basis. Another thing you’ll want to check out is new Echo Skills. Since the company opened the API to developers, a lot of interesting and fun Skills have been added. My current favorite is playing Jeopardy.
Since so many new features and skills get added all the time, an easy way to keep up with everything is to ask: “Alexa, what new can you do?” Another useful resource to find out what’s new with Echo is this Amazon page.
If you’re a new user of the Amazon Echo, check out some of our other articles about getting more out of Echo listed below. Also, if you have an Echo, leave some of your favorite tips and tricks you enjoy using in the comments section.
- Connect You Google Calendar to the Echo
- Set up Pandora with your Echo
- Amazon Echo Tip: Enable the Wake up Sound
- Pair a Bluetooth Device to Echo
- Add New Skills to Amazon Echo