The platform opens its compatibility with the Amazon digital assistant to all Spotify users.
Alexa, the AI assistant Amazon created for its Echo smart devices and speakers, learned the ability to integrate with the Spotify streaming music platform. And if you have a device compatible with Alexa and also have a Spotify account, you can ask the assistant to play the music for it.
But there is a requirement to meet: You must be from Spotify Premium, because with the Free subscription Alexa does not work. Or, at least, it didn’t work until today.
Spotify free on Alexa
Thinking of all the people who have Spotify Free, the platform has decided that all Spotify clients, both Free subscribers and Premium subscribers, will be able to “enjoy their favorite music in Alexa”.
Over the next few days, users will receive an update that will allow them to listen to their Spotify playlists and radios regardless of their subscription type. Just say “Alexa, play the Temazos Chill playlist on Spotify” to enjoy your favorite music.
To start enjoying Spotify Free with Alexa you only need:
- Have a Spotify Free account created on Spotify.com or the Spotify mobile app
- Have an Alexa account and an Echo device or with integrated Alexa
- Enable the Spotify skill in the Alexa app
- Link your Spotify account to your Alexa account
Here comes the not-so-cool part, since the limitations of a free Spotify account will also apply to what Alexa can and cannot do. For example, you won’t be able to ask Alexa for a specific song, but a playlist will start playing. In this way, you can ask Alexa to play the music of Taylor Swift or Steel Panther, but not specifically the song from Shake it Up or Heavy Metal Rules.