Amazon Echo How-to-Guide: Setting-Up Your Music On Alexa (Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Prime)

Amazon Echo How-to-Guide: Setting-Up Your Music On Alexa (Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Prime)

Playing your favorite music through Amazon Echo is incredibly fun and interactive.  It is like having a personal DJ at your disposal that knows all your favorite songs.  Learn how to setup your Echo to start pumping your tunes today!

How-To-Play Amazon Prime Music On Your Amazon Echo

  1. If you’re an Amazon Prime Member, the Amazon Echo will by default be synced to your Amazon Prime Account providing instant access to a catalog of more than 1 million songs.
  2. Amazon has made using Amazon Prime Music as your default the easiest set-up possible as your Amazon Echo is preprogrammed to link up to your account.
  3. If you are using another music subscription service (Spotify, Pandora etc.), we have outlined the easy set-up guide below for you.

Not an Amazon Prime Member?  Join the tens of millions of Prime customers who pay $99 a year for free two-day shipping and have access to Prime Music for one year.

Once the Amazon Echo’s Alexa is set up, you can do voice commands such as “Alexa, play my Morning Routine Playlist”, “Alexa, play my After Work Wind Down Session”, “Alexa, play my Fitness Workout Music” and you are ready for whatever mood strikes you.

We have all loved a song but have no idea what it is…we end up singing a bar or two to our friends so they can let us know what it is followed by da da da da da.  One of the coolest Prime Music feature is using Alexa Voice Commands to find a song you don’t even know the title or artist of your favorite tune.

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How-to-Play Pandora Music on Amazon Echo:

Now that you know how to play Amazon Prime on the Amazon Echo-what about the music sharing subscription service?

How-To-Set-Up Guide for Pandora on your Amazon Echo:

  1. First step is to launch the Alexa app on your Smartphone
  2. Tap the Menu button in the top left corner > Music & Books> Pandora
  3. Once on the Pandora registration page, you simply need to tap “Link your account now”
  4. If you are already a registered Pandora user, then Select “I have a Pandora Account”
  5. If you selected, “I have a Pandora Account” enter your Pandora email address and password and tap “Lookup Account.”
  6. If you don’t have a Pandora account already, then just select “Create a Pandora Account”
  7. If you selected, “Create A Pandora Account” fill out the registration form and tap “Create Account Now”

Once you’ve completed the set up process, your personalized Pandora Station appears in the Alexa app on your Smartphone.

How-To-Set-Up Pandora as Your Default on Amazon Echo’s Alexa App:

Let’s say you are a Pandora loyalist and want Amazon Alexa to play off Pandora automatically as a default.

Here is how-to-set up Pandora as your default in a few easy steps:

  1. Open the Alexa companion app on your smartphone or tablet
  2. Tap the menu button in the upper-left corner
  3. Select “Settings”
  4. Scroll down to the Account section
  5. Select “Music and Media”
  6. Select the ‘Choose Default Music Service” button
  7. Select “Pandora” as the “Default station service”
  8. Tap “Done” Twice and the Default Set-Up is completed

By setting Pandora as your default service, users can launch stations without having to say “….on Pandora” every time you voice command Alexa for a selection.

The other music sharing services use a similar default process, but we will run through one more example using Spotify Premium to demonstrate the easy process of integration with Amazon Echo’s Alexa App.

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How-to-Play Spotify Premium Music on Amazon Echo:

Now that you know how to play Amazon Prime on the Amazon Echo-what about the music sharing subscription service?

How-To-Set-Up Guide for Spotify Premium on your Amazon Echo:

  1. First step is to launch the Alexa app on your Smartphone
  2. Tap the Menu button in the top left corner > Music & Books> Spotify
  3. Once on the Spotify registration page, you simply need to tap “Link your account now”
  4. If you are already a registered Spotify user, then Select “I have a Spotify Account”
  5. If you selected, “I have a Spotify Account” enter your Spotify email address and password and tap “Lookup Account.”
  6. If you don’t have a Spotify account already, then just select “Create a Spotify Account”
  7. If you selected, “Create A Spotify Account” fill out the registration form and tap “Create Account Now.”

Once you’ve completed the set up process, your personalized Spotify Station appears in the Alexa app on your Smartphone.

How-To-Set-Up Spotify Premium as Your Default on Amazon Echo’s Alexa App:

The same set-up process for making Spotify Premium your default for Amazon Alexa as we showed you with Pandora.  You get the idea, but here are the steps for Spotify Premium.

Here is how-to-set up Spotify Premium as your default in a few easy steps:

  1. Open the Alexa companion app on your smartphone or tablet
  2. Tap the menu button in the upper-left corner
  3. Select “Settings”
  4. Scroll down to the Account section
  5. Select “Music and Media”
  6. Select the “Choose Default Music Service” button
  7. Select “Spotify” as the “Default station service”
  8. Tap “Done” Twice and the Default Set-Up is completed

Just like Pandora, by setting Spotify as your default service, you can now launch stations without having to say “….on Spotify” every time you voice command Alexa for a selection.

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How-To-Guide: Basic Voice Commands for Playing Your Music on Amazon Echo: 

While Amazon’s Alexa can perform complex and personalized searches, these are the Main Alexa Voice Commands you will be using on a daily basis with your Amazon Echo:

  1. Request a specific station: “Alexa, play [artist] radio on Spotify.”  You will be prompted to create a station if you don’t have one already.  We will show you how-to-do this later in the article for your specific music service (Amazon, Spotify, Pandora)
  2. Create a specific personalized station: “Alexa, create a [artist] station.”
  3. Use Alexa’s Thumbs up or Thumbs Down: “Alexa, Thumb up this song” or “Alexa, Thumb down this song.”
  4. Skip songs you don’t want to hear: “Alexa, skip this song.”
  5. Control basic functions of music playback: “Alexa, Pause/Stop/Play music.”
  6. Control volume up or down to get it just right: “Alexa, volume up,” or “Alexa, volume down.”
  7. Find out what type of music or what artist is currently playing: “Alexa, what is playing?” or “Alexa, what song is this?
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Here’s how Amazon Alexa works with specific playlist requests:

To find that elusive song with Amazon Alexa, just ask, “Alexa, play the song that goes [insert song lyric fragment here],” or, “Alexa, play the song with the lyrics [insert song lyric fragment here]”

If the song you are trying to find is included in Prime Music, Amazon Alexa will find your song and play it for you.

Here are a few more voice commands to try: “Alexa, play the most popular rock ballads of the 80s,” or “Alexa, play the most popular country songs of the 70’s”

With these voice commands, Amazon’s Alexa will organize a playlist closely matching your requested description from Prime Music.

Important Note: Amazon Alexa Voice control is currently not supported for Mac OS X devices (such as MacBook Air)

Apple Music currently can’t be controlled through the Alexa app. There is a workaround for Apple users as the Amazon Echo is also a Bluetooth speaker, so you can use it with Apple Music via Bluetooth.

We hope you have gained valuable information in the How-To-Set-Up Amazon Music Guide for the Amazon Alexa App.

We are confident you will have many good times ahead enjoying the customization options that Amazon Echo offers.

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