Amazon Echo and Spotify: A match made in Heaven

Spotify: Now available on Amazon Echo

People ask me if I really use my Amazon Echo in my home. I keep telling them YES but a few weeks later, they ask me again. It’s almost as if they don’t believe me.

So let me spend a few minutes telling you about just ONE WAY (there are dozens, trust me) that I use my Amazon Echo on a daily basis—to play music.

Because I am an Amazon Prime member (Start your 30-day free trial), I can use my Amazon Echo to call up any album, song or playlist from the Amazon Prime Music library and the Echo will just start playing it. I can also call up any of my 400+ CDs on my Echo because I took the time to rip every CD I own and store them in my personal Amazon Music library.

As if that’s not enough, I can also call up any music from Pandora, TuneIn or iHeartRadio simply by using the Alexa app to connect my account with these services to my Amazon Echo.

Oh, and did I mention that the Amazon Echo can read any of the audiobooks I purchase via Audible.com?

Spotify – the one I have been waiting for

You’d think that all of the above would be everything I would ever need when it comes to listening to music on my Amazon Echo. But there was always one service that the Amazon Echo didn’t support that I was secretly wishing it did—Spotify.

Why? Because Spotify is still my go to source for music, mainly because of it’s humongous music library and the fact that I can call up specific songs or artists without having to supply generic types of music I like to listen to and hoping that a song I like is played.

Spotify is also where I maintain my music playlists which I have tweaked incessantly over the past few years.

You know what I’m about to say, right? Yup, Spotify is now supported with the Amazon Echo. Well, that is Spotify Premium (which I happily subscribe to).

Amazon Echo and Spotify

And now that my Spotify account is connected to my Amazon Echo, I can call up songs in a flash like a musical wizard. Case in point, today is my wife’s birthday (happy birthday, honey!) When she woke up and walked downstairs, I issued this little command to my Amazon Echo:

Alexa, play Birthday by the Beatles on Spotify.

Yes, she loved it.

Like it says in the title, Amazon Echo and Spotify are a match made in Heaven.

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  1. Ila in Maine

    We love our Amazon Echo. We use it for so many things, from listening to music, to talk radio, sports and my favorite thing: streaming my audiobooks from Audible.

    Did you know that you can also stream Audio Books from OverDrive and Hoopla with the Echo? Both of these sites allow you to borrow books through your library, on-line. The App for both is available in the Amazon Store so all you have to do is download, log in, and let the Echo entertain the children with a great adventure while you’re cooking dinner or finishing that next presentation.

    Another thing that was recently introduced: If your Kindle books are marked as Whispersync ready, you can have them read to you through the Echo without purchasing the Audio Book. Nice. I really like this feature.

    Now if I could just figure out how to set an alarm for each and every day at noon. I tried using every voice command I can come up with, but so far, Alexa and I just aren’t communicating on this command.

    • Patric Welch

      I knew about the Kindle books but not OverDrive and Hoopla. That’s fantastic! Thanks for sharing. As for the recurring alarm, I don’t think that’s possible….. yet. I’m sure it will be in the future though.