Spotify dà Amazon Eco una dose di musica su richiesta

Amazon Echo sta tornando alle sue radici musicali in streaming con il supporto di Spotify.

L'altoparlante collegato può ora attingere Spotify di 30 milioni di canzoni tramite comandi vocali. Per esempio, gli utenti possono dire “Alexa, giocare Pearl Jam da Spotify,”o“Alexa, play Afternoon Acoustic from Spotify.”

Voice commands should work with any song, artista, album, or playlist, provided users have signed into Spotify through Amazon’s Alexa companion smartphone app. Echo also supports Spotify Connect, allowing a phone or tablet to serve as the remote control while music plays through the speaker.

There’s just one catch: Listening through Amazon Echo requires a $10 per month Spotify Premium subscription. This isn’t a huge surprise given that Spotify also requires a subscription for some other home entertainment devices, come Chromecast Audio and Roku media streamers. (A couple of exceptions: PlayStation consoles and Chromecast video dongles can access the free version of Spotify.)

Beyond Spotify, Echo also supports direct streaming from Amazon Music, Prime Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, e TuneIn. Users can also connect a phone or tablet over Bluetooth to play music from any source (including, presumibilmente, the free version of Spotify).

Perché questo è importante: Although the connected speaker has expanded into smart home controls, lo shopping, e anche pizza delivery since its in ritardo 2014 debutto, music was one of Echo’s original selling points. Fino ad ora, Tuttavia, Echo has lacked support for on-demand streaming services such as Spotify, which lets users access virtually any song, artista, or album from a massive online catalog. Are Apple Music and Google Play Music next? Probably not, given the ongoing friction between both companies and Amazon, but we can dream.

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