Ahhh...How to Create a Playlist on Amazon Echo.. Can I actually sync one?....
Do you love music and have particular preferences for specific circumstances (like when you are working out or cooking)? Unless you like listening to random music that may include songs you don’t like, then setting up a playlist makes sense.
Times have really changed since the radio, and thanks to advances in technology, you can decide which music to listen to. It is much easier nowadays compared to making that mix tape and thanks to your Amazon Echo and its reliable assistant, Alexa, you can create that playlist by just saying it out loud.
How Can I Even Create A Playlist Without Wires?
Setting up your personal playlist is just one of the many capabilities of your Amazon Echo and Alexa. Thanks to this device, you do not even need to step away from the kitchen to switch on the music! You just need to give out the verbal request and continue with what you are doing. What do you need to do to set this up? Just follow these simple steps.
1. Sign Up For A Music Streaming Service
Your Amazon Echo works with tons of music streaming services, including Amazon Music, Spotify, and Apple Music. Having an account in one of these is important to create playlists for different occasions (including for your children’s parties and for a relaxing night after a long day at work).
If you have Amazon Prime, you can automatically access the more than 2 million songs and the thousands of playlists in Prime Music. You can also sign up for Amazon Music Unlimited which has a library of over 50 million songs! The best thing is that they are both supported by Amazon Echo (and other Alexa-enabled devices), plus they have no advertisements, and the songs can be played an unlimited number of times.
However, if you already have accounts in other services and want to make use of playlists you might already have there, you just need to activate the use in the Alexa App. The most popular of these services (Spotify, Apple Music, SiriusXM, Pandora or Tidal) are compatible with Alexa.
2. Sync The Service In The Alexa App
Unless you wont access Music from Prime Music or Amazon Music Unlimited and planning to use third party music services, then you need to do this additional step (if you are, then go to step 3).
If you are using an external music service, you need to get your smartphone or tablet and open the Amazon Alexa app. Then go to the Settings folder. Underneath Alexa Preferences, choose music. This is where you can link your music streaming service to your Echo. Apple Music subscribers, however, can do this much more easily by enabling the “Apple Music” skill in the Alexa app and linking their account.
Once you have added your external music service account details, these will be saved, and it will not be necessary to connect them again.
3. Start Creating Playlists
Once you have your accounts ready, you can start creating your playlists. There is no limit to how many you can create, so you can easily have one for walking the dog, waking up in the morning, when friends are over for dinner or even to help get ready for bed. You can basically prepare the right music for any and all situations you would love to have the right music for!
Creating the playlist is very simple, all you need to do is say, “Alexa, create a new playlist.” She will confirm and ask you what to name the playlist. You need to say the title out loud, and once the playlist is created, you can start adding songs to it. However, adding specific hits is not as easily done via verbal command, meaning you cannot add a song by saying out the title.
This can be done when you are actually listening to the song. Once it is playing, you can give the verbal command, “Alexa, add this song to my (name of the playlist) playlist.” This way, even if you do not know the title of the song or you just stumbled upon a new song and like it, you can include it in any of your playlists.
It is also possible to add songs to your playlist using the Amazon Music app, which you can download on any Android and iOS device. You may go to the Amazon Music website as well to edit playlists and add songs. You will also need to add songs manually when using external services like Apple Music or Spotify, as creating a playlist using Alexa is currently not supported.
4. Start Enjoying Your Playlists
After you have set up your different playlists, you can command Alexa verbally to play them any time you want. All you need to do is to instruct Alexa to put it on by saying, “Alexa, play my (playlist name) playlist.” This works for all playlists saved on Amazon Music.
For other streaming services, you need to include more information on your commands when picking the playlist. You will need to say, “Alexa, play my (name of the playlist) playlist on (streaming service).”
You can continue to add songs to any playlist any time you discover a new song you like and the playlists will be automatically updated. Just follow the commands or steps to adding songs to the playlist. Once you get the hang of it, you can set up playlists for any occasion or even for a specific time of the day like when you are relaxing with a glass of wine at night.
Playlists are not just a great idea for you as a music lover. They can also be created for and by other family members, and it is a great idea for those with kids. You can add your kids’ favourite tunes and play them when they are home. Thanks to playlists, you can tailor your background music without having to go to your phone or having to press a button. All you need to do is to say, “Alexa, play my (child’s name or playlist name) playlist” and let Alexa do all the work!