Amazon Echo and Spotify work together really well. In this article, I will tell about the many different possibilities you have, for instance: How to control Spotify with Alexa with voice commands, how to use an Echo Device with Spotify Connect or even hot to setup a cheap multiroom solution for playing synchronised music in different rooms.
First of all, with the Premium account you don’t need a smart phone nor a computer to play music, but you can play Spotify directly on your Echo device. Whereas with the free account, you need to connect a smart phone or a laptop to the Echo device using Bluetooth and play the music on the smart phone or on the computer. Rather than purchasing an Echo Dot for $8.98, what you’re actually doing is getting an Echo Dot for $.99 and signing up for a month Amazon’s Music Unlimited Service.
How to setup Spotify on Amazon Echo (Alexa)
It’s very easy to use Spotify with your Amazon Device. Important: You need Premium to listen to Spotify with Alexa (free doesn’t work). Here’s how:
- If you haven’t done: Set up your Alexa device using the Amazon Alexa App.
- Go to Settings in the Alexa App, then Music & Media and link your Spotify account.
A lot of Amazon Devices are supported: Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Show, Amazon Echo Dot, Amazon Echo Spot, Amazon Tap and Sonos One.
How to play Spotify songs on Alexa with Spotify Connect
The concept of Spotify Connect is simple and really easy to understand: Just play your music on the Spotify App (for instance iOS App or Desktop Mac App). Then, you can choose the Alexa Device as output channel and your Spotify App behaves like a remote control (means: you hear the music not on your iPhone or Mac, but through the speakers of your Alexa Device).
Make to sure to check this:
- All devices (your Spotify App and the Alexa Device) have to be on the same network
- You have to use the same Spotify account for all Devices
- Make to sure to run the latest software versions
Cheap Setup for streaming Spotify using an Amazon Echo Dot
Buy an Amazon Echo Dot. Connect some ordinary speakers you already have at home with a 3.5 mm audio cable. Et voilà: That’s a really cheap Spotify wireless streaming solution you can control with your smartphone.
And if you are concerned about privacy: Even if you don’t want to use the voice commands and the microphone (because of privacy reason), you can disable this functionality permanently (press the mute button at the top, the echo dot glows red and doesn’t listen any more).
Voice Commands: How to control Spotify with Voice control
Here are some of the supported voices commands. Of course, you have to start with Alexa, ….
- “Play [title] from Spotify.”
- “Play [title] by [artist] from Spotify.”
- “Play songs by [artist] from Spotify.”
- “Play music composed by [composer] from Spotify.”
- “Play from Spotify.”
- “Play [genre] from Spotify.”
- “Play Spotify.”
- “Spotify Connect. / Connect to Spotify.” (enables Spotify Connect)
- “Show me [songs / playlists / genres / albums] from Spotify.”
Free Echo Dot With Spotify Premium
And of course, you should know the basic music commands like:
- Volume up / down
- Set volume to level [number 1-10]
How to make Spotify your default music player on Alexa
If you don’t want to say “… from Spotify” every time, you can setup Spotify as default music player.
- Go to Settings in the Alexa App, then Music & Media.
- Click Choose default music services and select Spotify.
Play multiroom audio on Echo devices
Yes, this is possible! So that’s really a cheap way for playing audio in multiple rooms at the same time. You can bundle several Echo Devices in order to play synchronised audio in different rooms.