Well, this about settles it: the Echo has shaped into a terrific home gadget that’s proving to be better than anyone expected. If it’s not being used to order pizza, it can now play your favorite tunes through Spotify—assuming you have a Premium account. Previously, the gadget was able to tap into services such as Pandora, iHeartRadio, and its own Prime Music service.
Amazon’s Echo has slowly gained support for more and more services over the past several months, and Spotify is a biggie. You have to be a Spotify Premium subscriber in order for the functionality to work, but once you link your account, you can say, “Alexa, play Odesza on Spotify,” and the device will comply.
Echo doesn’t contain the strongest set of speakers, but if you rent a small apartment like I do, they suffice.
Echo owners have always been able to blare Spotify tunes through the device using Bluetooth, but today’s support means you can control the experience with your voice. In addition to telling Alexa which artist to play, you can also instruct her to pause and skip tracks as well.