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How to Play Spotify Music on the Amazon Echo

Oyetoke Tobi - Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Amazon Echo makes uses of the Amazon’s Prime Music as the default music service provider for any music you want to play on it. However, you can connect your Spotify account to the Amazon Echo as well, and then command Alexa to play anything through the third-party service.

The Spotify music service provider comes in handy in case you want to play a particular playlist you created on Spotify, or in case Prime Music doesn’t have the song you want to play. So you’ll need to link your Spotify account to your Amazon Echo. And the good news here is that it’s extremely easy to do and just takes a couple of minutes and few clicks.

Note: Make sure you have Spotify Premium account in order to do this, so sorry free users won't be able to do thus.

So let's get started.

The first thing to do is to open Amazon Echo app on your phone and tap on the menu button at the top-left corner of the screen.


Then tap on “Settings”.


So under “Account” sub-heading, tap on “Music & Media”.


Then tap on “Link account on Spotify.com”.


So tap on “Log in to Spotify” if you have an account already. Now in case you don’t have a Spotify account, you can tap on “Sign up for Spotify” in order to create a new account. So don't forget that you’ll need a Spotify Premium subscription for Amazon Echo integration to work.


Now type in your Spotify username and password, and then tap on “Log in”.


Then tap on “Okay”.


Then your Spotify account will be connected to your Amazon Echo. You can easily tap on the “X” icon or the back arrow at the top to go back.


So each time you want to listen to a song or a playlist, you can just say something like, “Play Collective Soul on Spotify” to Alexa and it will surf through various songs from Collective Soul. 

So below are some other useful Spotify commands you can say to Alexa:


“Play (song name) on Spotify” (You may also need to add the artist name if there are many songs with the same name)

“Play (artist name) on Spotify” (Browses songs by that artist)

“Play (composer) on Spotify” (Plays music from that composer)

“Play (playlist name) on Spotify” (You can also say “Shuffle” instead of “Play”)

“Play (genre) on Spotify” (90s music, rock, hip-hop)

Also, the normal playback control commands also work with Spotify, such as “Pause”, “Stop”, “Resume”, “Mute”, etc. You can also command Alexa to “Play Spotify” and it will start from where you stopped.

Additionally, each time you tell Alexa to play a particular song in Spotify, you can just launch the Spotify app on your phone and the currently playing song will appear in the “Now Playing” section, where you can easily control the song from your phone if you would like to.


This also occurs in the Amazon Echo app.


For example, if you command Alexa to play a song and it doesn’t recognize the song title or artist, or it plays the wrong song, you can manually head over to the Spotify app, play the correct song, and then tap on the output options at bottom side and tap on the Amazon Echo has the output speaker.




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