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TechnologyAlexa, play free music for me? Amazon may challenge Spotify and Pandora, report says

08:15  15 april  2019
08:15  15 april  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Spotify on Alexa . Voice control your tunes with Amazon Alexa . Super easy set-up. 1. Go to Settings, then Music & Media and link your Spotify account. Tap Choose default music services and select Spotify . Just ask. “ Alexa , play Spotify .”

Streaming Music and Media Services on Amazon Alexa Devices. Alexa supports a growing number of free and subscription-based streaming services on Amazon devices. With explicit filter, all devices on the account are blocked from playing music with explicit lyrics.

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Spotify, Pandora and YouTube are currently the top games in town for listening to online music for free, via ads.

Possibly add Amazon to the list.

Billboard reports that Amazon looks to launch a similar service, which would be available only if you ask Alexa. The songs could be accessed via the Echo connected speakers, which are made by Amazon.

Amazon currently offers some 2 million songs available free to Echo owners who also pay $119 yearly to subscribe to the company's Prime for expedited shipping and online music, movies and TV. A more full-featured music offering, Amazon Music Unlimited, is available for $9.99 monthly, or $7.99 monthly for Prime members.

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Spotify is a digital music service that gives you access to millions of songs. Music for everyone. Millions of songs. No credit card needed. Get spotify free .

The Amazon Echo will only play Spotify tracks if you a) subscribe to Spotify Premium and b) link your Spotify account to Alexa . In addition to switching your default music library from Amazon Music to Spotify , you can change your default internet radio station from Amazon Music to Pandora or

On Spotify, you can request specific songs to listen to, but first, you'll need to listen to an ad. Pandora operates differently, by offering radio stations based on artists you like. You can request specific songs, which may or not be played. All come with spoken ads.

YouTube shows visual ads before many songs play.

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Spotify has nearly 100 million subscribers, to 56 million from No. 2 Apple Music. Apple offers free trials of its service but doesn't offer a free tier for listening to music with ads, beyond genre radio stations.

Amazon has said it has 100 million subscribers to the Prime service.

We reached out to Amazon for comment and will update this piece when we hear back.

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A new Alexa skill lets you control your Roku devices.
Roku's devices aren't exactly suffering from lack of hands-free control: they already support Google Assistant and their built-in OS has its own voice AI. That list could still feel incomplete if Alexa is your virtual assistant of choice, though, which is why the company's latest update is a welcome one. The company's streaming devices and TVs are now finally compatible with Amazon's voice AI, thanks to the new Roku skill for Alexa. You can issue commands through an Alexa-powered device, such as Amazon's Echo speakers, and by adding "on Roku" as a suffix.

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