How to Play Amazon Music Using Alexa

With the Amazon Echo and access to Amazon's Prime Music streaming service (free if you’re a Prime member), it's easy to get Alexa to start playing a particular playlist from among the many on Amazon Music. Here's how to access playlists via the Alexa app as well as asking for one by voice.

This also works with Amazon's other service, Music Unlimited, which costs $7.99 a month for Prime members, but gives you access to a wider range of songs, as well as more comprehensive Alexa skills. For more on this, check out our comparison of Amazon Prime Music vs. Music Unlimited.

1. Open the Alexa app.

2. Tap the menu button in the top left.

3. Select Music, Video, & Books.

4. Tap Amazon Music Unlimited.

5. Choose the Playlist tab on the top right.

6. Select from Mood & Activities, Genres, Artists, or Decade.

7. Choose a category.

8. Pick a playlist; it should start to play on your device. To control playback, tap the Now Playing tab at the bottom. (It's the one that looks like a graphic equalizer.)

9. You can play/pause, skip forward or backward, toggle shuffle and repeat, and adjust the volume from this screen. You can also tap the Queue tab at the top to see upcoming tracks or the History tab to see what was just played.

10. Use voice commands. You can also play a playlist by simply saying "Alexa, play playlist 100 Greatest Classic Jazz Songs." You can then use voice commands to play, pause, or skip tracks.

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