How to Connect Amazon Music to Your Echo

Alexa can play almost anything you want

A picture of the Amazon Prime Music app showing what's playing on an Echo device.
Screenshot of the Amazon Prime Music App.

You can play more than 2 million songs for free on your Amazon Echo device if you are an Amazon Prime subscriber. These songs are available from Amazon Music. If you want access to the tens of millions of songs that Amazon Music offers, you can pay a monthly fee to upgrade to Amazon Music Unlimited.

Note: You can listen to music and radio stations from third-party providers, some of which are free, on any Alexa device, and, you can stream music to your Alexa device from a compatible tablet, phone, or computer.

How to Play Amazon Music on Amazon Echo

To play Amazon Music on Alexa, in its most primitive form, simply say “Alexa, play Amazon Music.” You can also say “Alexa, play Prime Music”, or, “Alexa, play music”, among other things. Your Echo device will choose a station it thinks you might like based on any data it’s picked up through various sources (including music you’ve purchased through Amazon), and music will start to play.

If you want to better streamline what plays, you can be more specific. You can say “Alexa, play the most popular Pink album”, or, “Alexa, play top 40 songs”. You can even call out an artist by name. Feel free to ask for anything. Alexa may or may not be able to play it, though. She’ll let you know if it isn’t in her library.

Here are a few other commands to try as you play Amazon Music on Alexa (and you can combine and mix and match these as desired):

  • Alexa, play my music” causes Alexa to play music you’ve purchased through Amazon.
  • Alexa, play folk music” causes Alexa to play a station that is in that genre. (Also try classical, reggae, pop, country, and so on).
  • Alexa, play 80’s tunes” causes Alexa to play the decade named. (Try other decades.)
  • Alexa, play party tunes”;” Alexa, play dance songs”; “Alexa, play the most popular Ed Sheeran album” causes Alexa to play matching songs.
  • Alexa, play music for 12 hours” causes Alexa to play music for the any named time period.
  • Alexa, play music until until 3:30 p.m.” causes Alexa to play music until the named time.

Note: If Alexa won’t play Amazon Music (or has other playback problems), unplug it and plug it back it. This is the Echo equivalent of rebooting.  

How to Manage What’s Playing on Amazon’s Echo

Once music starts to play, you can control the music using specific commands. You can say, “Alexa, skip this song”, or, “Alexa, restart this song”, to name two. Here are a few more commands to try. Just say “Alexa” and then continue with any command below:

  • Volume up or Volume down
  • Who is this artist?
  • What song is this?
  • Stop or Pause
  • Next or Previous
  • Shuffle or Stop Shuffle
  • Listen to my <insert name of playlist> playlist
  • Play a station I haven’t heard in a while
  • Play something more like this
  • Play the artist I was listening to yesterday
  • Thumbs up or Thumbs down (to let Alexa know you like/dislike a song)

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a few questions that keep coming up around Echo, Alexa, and Amazon Prime Music. Here they are along with their answers.

Do I have to pay for the music?

If you have a Prime membership you get one free Amazon Music account to use, and access to 2 million songs. If you want more songs or you want to add family members, you’ll have to upgrade to one of Amazon’s paid music plans.

What devices can I listen to Prime Music on?

You can listen to Prime Music on:

Can I listen to iTunes, or Pandora, or Spotify, or whatever?

Yes. One way to play third-party music through Alexa is to connect your phone to the Echo device via Bluetooth from your phone. To do this:

  1. Access your Bluetooth pairing list on your phone.
  2. Then say “Alexa, pair”.
  3. Click the Echo entry on your phone to connect.
  4. Now, simply play the music on your phone to send it through your Echo speaker.

Can I set my default music service from Amazon Music to something else, like Spotify?

Yes. From the Amazon app on your phone or other device, click Settings > Music & Media > Choose Default Music Service. Select the desired service and click Done.

Can I play something other than music?

Yes. Try saying “Alexa, play NPR”, or “Alexa, play CNN”. Try “Alexa, play Ted Talks”, and then answer the next question she poses. You can choose from inspirational talks, to podcasts, and more.