Alexa, also well known as Amazon Alexa is a virtual voice assistant, which is built-in many smart speakers, TVs, media boxes, phones, tablets, and more, such as Amazon Echo, Amazon Five TV and Sonos One. One of the powerful features of Alexa is that it is capable of music playback with voice control, including streaming music like Spotify.
When we search Alexa topic, we find that there are many Alexa users who have no idea about using Alexa to play music or playlists on Alexa devices. So today, we will take Spotify as example to show you how to play Spotify playlist on Alexa with premium subscription and give a helpful tip on playing Spotify on Alexa without premium.
Part 1. How to Play Spotify Playlist on Alexa with Premium
From the beginning of the article, we have pointed out that there are a wide variety of devices supporting interaction with Amazon Alexa. But when it comes to enabling Spotify on Alexa, please make sure Spotify songs are also compatible with available Alexa devices, such as Amazon Echo and Sonos speaker. If you are subscribing other music streaming services, please check it whether Alexa speaker is capable of playing target music streams.
What's more, no matter which Alexa device you are using, it's important to keep it in mind that you are required to subscribe Spotify Premium plan with the purpose of getting Spotify on Alexa. There are two ways you can choose to connect Spotify with Alexa for better music listening with voice control. Let's see how.
Way 1. How to Set Up Spotify on Alexa
Step 1. Please install and run Amazon Alexa app on your mobile devices or computers, and tap Settings option from the left-side menu to click Account -> Music & Media button.
Step 2. There is a new window popping up, where you will see a list of music streaming services supported by Alexa. Just select 'Spotify' by clicking 'Link Account on Spotify.com” to login your Spotify premium account details.
Step 3. When you get a message 'Your Spotify account has been linked successfully', please go back to the Music & Media section of the Alexa app, and hit on 'Choose default music services' button to make Spotify default on Alexa.
Step 4. Now, you can start to use the activation word 'Alexa' and other music commands to ask Alexa to play certain music, songs, playlists or artists on Spotify, Spotify tracks will be playing on Alexa smart speaker automatically.
If you are using Amazon Echo in hand, you can refer to this complete tutorial to play Spotify on Echo with Alexa: How to Stream Spotify Music on Amazon Echo.
Way 2. Connect Alexa Devices on Spotify App
Step 1. Install Spotify app on your computer or mobile device and launch it.
Step 2. Play a favorite song, and click the 'Devices Available' button at the bottom-right corner to connect Alexa device.
Step 3. Start to listen to Spotify music on Alexa supported devices. Please make sure both devices connected under the same Wi-Fi network.
Note: You can control playback using the Spotify app but not for Alexa voice assistant. The reason I listed this way in this step is that this is also a solution to playing Spotify music or playlists on Alexa compatible devices.
Part 2. How to Play Spotify on Alexa without Premium
With a free Spotify plan, things could be different in linking Spotify on Alexa as there is no direct way to do this. Spotify applied DRM technology to limit free users to enjoy better playback. To listen to Spotify music and playlist on Alexa, you need to draw support from AudFree Spotify Music Converter, which can help you remove DRM lock from Spotify files and convert Spotify to MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC and other Alexa device compatible audio formats.
With the help of this smart Spotify to Alexa Converter, we can get unprotected common Spotify audios. And then we can upload them to Amazon Cloud Library so that we can ask Alexa to play Spotify music on Alexa speakers or other devices without problem. You can refer to the step-by-step guide as below:
Step 1. Please open Spotify Music Converter on your computer and drag and drop playlists or albums from Spotify to its conversion windows. It supports converting up to 100 songs at a time.
Step 2. Click the 'Preference' -> 'Convert' button to set output format as the target audio format you like to get. As a Spotify free user, you can only enjoy 160 kbps quality on Spotify desktop app. To enhance output audio quality, you'd better to set bit rate as 320 kbps.
Step 3. To download Spotify files to your computer, please click the 'Convert' button at the bottom-right corner of the main interface. And then you can locate all Spotify downloads on the destination folder.
Step 4. Login Amazon Music Library with your Amazon account and click 'Upload' button to drag and drop Spotify MP3 folder or select the target folder for syncing.
Step 5. Once Spotify songs store on your Amazon Cloud Library, you can directly say 'Alexa, play Amazon Music' to play Spotify tracks on Alexa device. By the way, please make sure you have defined Amazon Music as the default streaming music.