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Amazon Echo adds Spotify support

Spotify users will soon have Amazon Echo as a listening source. Amazon announced today that Spotify Premium subscribers in the U.S. can now listen to their music on Amazon Echo, simply by asking Alexa to play any playlist, artist, genre and more from Spotify’s catalog.

Using Echo’s Spotify Connect, customers can effortlessly transfer and control their listening experience from the Spotify app to Echo. All that you have to do is select Echo from the list of available devices within the Spotify app.

“We’re extremely pleased that Spotify Premium subscribers can now listen to their favorite music on Amazon Echo,” said Ian Geller, Global Head of Hardware at Spotify. “Creating innovative experiences is core to our mission. We know our users will love controlling music with their voice at home.”

“Now playing your favorite music from Spotify is as easy as asking Alexa,” said Toni Reid, Director, Amazon Alexa. “Music is one of the most popular features on Amazon Echo, and Spotify has been one of the most requested services, so we’re excited to bring it to our customers today.”

Additionally, Echo customers can play music from Amazon Music, Prime Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, and TuneIn. Simply ask Alexa for an artist, song, genre, playlist, or station, and once music is playing you can pause and skip tracks using voice commands. Echo is also Bluetooth-enabled so you can stream other music services from your phone or tablet.

Amazon Echo is hands-free and always ready, and with seven microphones and beam-forming technology, it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Alexa—the brain behind Echo—is built in the cloud, so it’s always getting smarter. Echo also offers hands-free voice control for information from Wikipedia and the web, weather, timers and alarms, news, shopping/to-do lists, sports updates and scores, smart home features, Audible books, calendar entries, IFTTT, and much more—with new skills being added every week.

Amazon Echo is currently available for $179.99 at Amazon.com and other retail locations across the U.S. For more information, visit amazon.com/echo.