Alexa Music

This guide has been prepared to show you the required steps involved to link your music streaming accounts to your Amazon Alexa Echo device. The guide covers all the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Spot, Echo Show and Echo Plus devices.

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You can play music that you have previously purchased from Amazon either in hard or digital copy for free from your music library.  There are also a number of subscription music streaming services that work with Alexa.  If you have one of these already you can link it with your voice assistant.  Each of them works in a very similar way, where you ask for the name of the song that you would like, or type of music that you would like. Why not try saying “Alexa, play Elton John on Spotify” or “Alexa, play my jazz playlist”.

You can play music that you have previously purchased from Amazon either in hard or digital copy for free from your music library.  There are also a number of subscription music streaming services that work with Alexa.  If you have one of these already you can link it with your voice assistant. The most common online music services are:

  • Amazon Prime £79/year: The Amazon Prime service is most well-known for the unlimited free delivery on shopping, but it also includes a wide range of other benefits, including access to videos, music and photo storage.  The Prime music library has over 2 million songs.
  • Amazon Music Unlimited from £7.99/month: If you want access to a bigger song library (over 60 million songs) you can sign up for Amazon Music Unlimited.  You can trial it free for 30 days.
  • Apple Music from £9.99/month: If you’re already a user of Apple products you might prefer to stick with their music service.  It is still compatible with other devices and has a music library similar in size to Amazon Music Unlimited, with over 60 million songs.  You can trial it free for 3 months.
  • Spotify from £9.99/month: Spotify is another really popular service.  There are over 50 million songs and currently the service is offering a free 3 month trial.  Spotify premium also includes access to over a million podcast shows.  Their library of content is growing every day by thousands of new things to listen to.  A nice touch is that you can create collaborative playlists and share them with friends and family that they can also edit and add to.
  • Deezer from £9.99/month, or £99.90 when you pay for a year in full: Deezer may have a smaller following than the other providers, but they do boast a large music library of over 56 million songs.  They also have a neat, personalisation feature called Flow, which curates a playlist for you.  You can use it with your Alexa device by saying “Alexa, play Flow”.  Similar to Spotify they have a large podcast library included in the subscription.
  • Note: that these details are correct at the time of writing.

Here are some handy links to the app stores for Android and Apple and to the computer console:

Click to open the Google Play store in a new tab
Click to open the Google Play store in a new tab
Click to open the Apple App store in a new tab
Click to open the Apple App store in a new tab
Click to open Amazon Alexa web browser in a new tab
Click to open Amazon Alexa web browser in a new tab

And a link to the Amazon website

Click to open the Amazon website
Click to open the Amazon website

We will cover a range of methods to link and manage your music in this guide.

Linking Music Streaming Services using the Alexa App #

These are the steps you need to follow to link music streaming services to your account using the Alexa App on your mobile phone or tablet:

  • Open the Alexa App.Amazon Alexa Logo - showing the circular icon only
  • Tap on three lines in the top left corner of the screen.
  • Tap on Settings at the bottom of the menu.
  • Scroll down and tap on Music in the Alexa Preferences section.
  • You will see the music streaming services currently clinked to your devices in the Manage Services section with Link New Service above it. Tap on Link New Service to see the services you can link to your account and to enable them.
  • You will see the available services like below, Apple Music, Spotify and Deezer, your available services may be slightly different.
  • Tap on a service to link it.
  • Tap Enable To Use and complete the account linking, if required. You will most likely need to enter email and password information for the selected service.
  • Repeat for any music services you want to link.

Setting Your Default Music Streaming Services using the Alexa App #

Your default music streaming services are the services Alexa plays music from if you do not specify by saying something like “Alexa, play baby shark from Spotify”. If you just say “Alexa, play baby shark” she will first look to your default service to try and find the song.

These are the steps you need to follow to set default music streaming services using the Alexa App on your mobile phone or tablet:

  • Open the Alexa App.Amazon Alexa Logo - showing the circular icon only
  • Tap on three lines in the top left corner of the screen.
  • Tap on Settings at the bottom of the menu.
  • Scroll down and tap on Music in the Alexa Preferences section.
  • Tap on Default Services under Account Settings.
  • You will see the available services that you can set for your default Music Library and Default Station.
  • Tap on a service to set it as default.

For further tips on using Amazon Alexa and helping you to get familiar with the features we’ve also prepared a Quick Tips guide.

If you want to try out some more of the entertainment features you can also read our blog article with more help and advice on audio books, photos, games and more.

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