You'll be able to control your music in so many new ways (plus, it's free!)
I've been a Spotify subscriber for years, and I love it. I've got all my favorite playlists tee'd up, follow my favorite artists, the usual. But given how much I listen to music at home with Alexa, I'm starting to use Amazon Music a lot more.
Here's why... you can make much more specific commands when you use Amazon Music -- the type of commands you want to be able to say to your intelligent voice assistant. Here are just a few examples:
- "Alexa, play the song that goes 'love is all you need'" (Yes, Alexa will know it's the Beatles!)
- "Alexa, play songs I listened to last Friday"
- "Alexa, play music that I haven't listened to recently"
- "Alexa, play more like this"
- "Alexa, play today's hits in London"
- "Alexa, add this song to my playlist" (Can't do this on Spotify!)
Also, it's free with a Prime membership! Yep, you get free access to 2 million songs plus thousands of playlists if you have Amazon Prime.
Pro Tip #1: Another fun Amazon Music feature is that karaoke-style lyrics will be displayed on your Echo Show for the song you're listening to. So go ahead, and belt it out!
How to start using Prime Music for free on Alexa
If you're a Prime member, your Amazon Music account will automatically be linked to Alexa, but you do have to make sure Amazon Music is your default music provider for the above commands to work. Follow these easy steps:
- Open your Alexa app
- Tap the hamburger icon in the upper left corner
- Tap "Settings"
- Tap "Music & Podcasts"
- Tap "Default Services"
- Under Music, if it's not already Amazon Music, tap "Change" and update it to Amazon Music
- Play your music like you normally would, and try out some of the new commands listed above!
Not a Prime member, but interested in giving it a try? Tap/click here for details!
Pro Tip #2: If you want to keep your existing third-party music account like Spotify, go ahead and listen to it on your phone and then stream Amazon Music at home on your Echo. Or go all-in on Amazon Music, and download the Amazon Music app on your iPhone or Android. If you already have a Prime Membership, it's a nice cost save.