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How to play Spotify on Echo (2023 Update)

Written By Rosie

Last updated: 2023-08-07

2 min read

Smart devices are everywhere. This includes those smart speakers such as the Alexa Echo and Google Home. How to play Spotify on Echo has been a question by many Spotify users. As Spotify is the most famous music streaming service today, it justifies it being part of the Echo.

When the first smart speakers came out, there was a lack of full support for all the music streaming services. This is because one tech company has vied to keep their own music to themselves.

As times progressed, it’s the interconnection of devices and services that actually mattered. No more keeping of libraries to themselves…. It’s an open-source world! Spotify on Amazon Echo, Apple Music on Google Home, everything is connected!

As we go through the article, we’ll discover the steps to pair Spotify with Amazon Echo. Our companion Alexa has been waiting for all you Spotify Music lovers to call her name. It’s just a matter of point and clicking on the app and you’re ready to go!

Contents Guide Part 1. What is Amazon Echo? Can You Play Spotify on Echo? Part 2. How to Connect Spotify Music to Amazon Echo Device Directly? Part 3. How Do I Get Music to Play on Amazon Echo? Part 4. Summary

Part 1. What is Amazon Echo? Can You Play Spotify on Echo?

Amazon Echo is a very popular smart home device and it’s categorized as a smart speaker. It has already spanned several generations and now its latest is the fourth. The Amazon Alexa project started in 2010 in Silicon Valley. It was intended to be distributed to Amazon Prime members only. Following that they decided for it to be available to everyone.

The latest addition to the Echo is a spherical speaker dome with touch controlled functions and a nicely lit under the hood LED. It’s specially designed to play the news, ask about the weather or traffic and play songs. Its tight integration with Amazon Music helps it a lot to play your library. But how about other music streaming services? How to play Spotify on Echo?

As we shall see it is possible to play Spotify on the Echo. It can be directly played or you could use a third party tool app that can allow you to play it further with other devices and media players. It’s up to you to decide which one’s right for you. If you want the added flexibility of downloading Spotify Music even from a free account then we can recommend that tool.

Play Spotify on Echo

Part 2. How to Connect Spotify Music to Amazon Echo Device Directly?

After setting up and un-boxing your Amazon echo your next step is to link different music streaming services to it. Unknown to many before, the Echo not only connects to Amazon Music but to many music streaming providers as well. They include Apple Music, Pandora, SiriusXM, Spotify, Tidal, TuneIn, Deezer, iHeartRadio and Vevo.

One limitation of the Amazon Echo is to be able to play personal music uploaded to the Amazon Music service. Previously this was allowed but due maybe to copyright concerns and for continued access to the Amazon Music library, that capability was discontinued.

We’ll teach you now how to play Spotify on Echo directly. This involves setting it up on your Alexa device using the Alexa app. The steps are not that hard. Once you’ve set it up you’ll be able to ask Alexa to play any music on Spotify just by commanding her.

  1. Get the Alexa app from the Playstore or Appstore.
  2. There is a menu button on the upper left. Click on it.
  3. Then go to Settings->Music & Podcasts.
  4. It’s now time to link your music streaming account to the Alexa service. Choose Spotify.
  5. Now click Link account to Alexa.
  6. It’s time to log-in to your Spotify account, enter your details.

How to Connect Spotify Music to Amazon Echo

After this you’ll be able to command Alexa to play music from your chosen music streaming service. For example, say “Alexa, play Yesterday (By the Beatles) on Spotify”. It’s that easy. Technology has really evolved into something spectacular through smart machines and it continues to amaze us every day.

To set Spotify as the default music streaming service, then we’ll have to do another step. You won’t need to say Spotify at the end of your command to Alexa always. You do however will need to say Spotify if you choose to play podcasts.

  1. Click on the menu button on the upper left of the Alexa app.
  2. Go back to Settings->Music & Podcasts.
  3. Now choose default music sevices.
  4. You’ll see Spotify as one of the services. Select it.
  5. To finish, press DONE.

Part 3. How Do I Get Music to Play on Amazon Echo?

If you’re concerned on how to play Spotify on echo then another question you might ask is how to get your personal music to play on it.

We’ll introduce a third party tool for that. That third party tool is the DumpMedia Spotify Music Converter. This tool can download, convert and remove DRM from Spotify Music. Once you get this done you should be able to play it on Alexa Echo through a media server service.

Because you have removed DRM from your Spotify songs then you’ll be able to play them with any device or media player. This is the advantage of it. You can even play these songs even if you’ve unsubscribed from Spotify Music.

DumpMedia Spotify Music Converter is a versatile and easy to use tool. It has a friendly GUI that opens an embedded web browser. This browser is meant to open the Spotify Web Player. Because of this operation will become very familiar with Spotify subscribers.

The steps to download and convert spotify songs is as follows:

1. Download and install the DumpMedia Spotify Music Converter.

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2. Open DumpMedia and click Open Spotify Web Player. Log in to your Spotify account if you haven’t yet.

3. Open a playlist or music category. Now click the + Open the Converter icon. The available songs for conversion should show.

Adding Spotify Music to Third Party Software for Conversion

4. Click Convert or Convert all to start conversion. After it’s finished go to the Converted tab. Click Open to File to open the output directory.

Converting Spotify Music to MP3 for Playing on Echo

After this process then your next step is to be able to play them with your Alexa Echo. You’ve gained an advantage as these converted songs can now be played anywhere. Because you are in a desktop environment we’ll use a media server service such as Plex, then pair it up with Alexa.

  1. Sign up for a Plex account on the Plex website and download their Plex Media server on your desktop.
  2. Install Plex Media server and point to the output folder of DumpMedia Spotify Music Converter.
  3. Enable remote access by browsing, go to settings and enable remote access.
  4. You are now required to install the Plex skill for Alexa. Go to the Alexa app and install it on the skills section.
  5. Now sign in to your Plex account and click Authorize.
  6. Command Alexa to “ask Plex to change my server”.
  7. You can now play music using Plex, say “Alexa, ask Plex to play [my music]”.

Part 4. Summary

In summary, we’ve taught you the steps on how to play Spotify on echo. There are two ways you can do this, directly through the Alexa mobile app or through a third party tool. The third-party tool of choice is the DumpMedia Spotify Music Converter.

The advantage of using DumpMedia is that you’ll be able to play your Spotify songs on any device or media player. We’ve demonstrated that you can play these converted Spotify songs on your desktop, then stream them to your Echo through a media server using Plex.

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