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How to Listen to Music and Media on Alexa

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Amazon Alexa can help with a variety of tasks, including playing music. Voice commands like, "Alexa, play songs by David Bowie," or "Alexa, play the song Under Pressure," will have you quickly streaming music from your library or a streaming service.

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Amazon Alexa can help with a variety of tasks, including playing music. Voice commands like, "Alexa, play songs by David Bowie," or "Alexa, play the song Under Pressure," will have you quickly streaming music from your library or a streaming service.

  1. Open Alexa.
    Amazon Alexa
  2. Select the Menu in the top-left corner.
    Menu
  3. Select Skills & Games.
    Alexa Menu with Skills and Games highlighted.
  4. Select Categories at the top.
    Alexa Skills with Categories highlighted.
  5. Select Music & Audio.
    Music and Audio
  6. Here you can browse the most popular and featured music and audio skills available for Amazon Alexa.
    Music and Audio skills
    You may also search for a specific skill using the magnifying glass in the top-right corner.
  1. Go to the menu and select Settings.
    Amazon Alexa app menu with settings highlighted

  2. Scroll to the Accounts section and select Music & Media.
    Amazon Alexa settings menu with music and media selected

  3. Select Choose default music services.
    Amazon Alexa settings menu showing choose default music services highlighted

In order to ask Alexa to play music there are several commands you can use. Alexa will play music from your default music service.

  • Play a song: "Play some music.'" or "Play the song, '[title].'"
  • Play an album: "Play the album, '[title].'"
  • Play music by an artist: "Play songs by [artist]."
  • Play songs by genre: "Play some [genre] music." or "Play some [genre name] music from Spotify."
  • Play a playlist: "Listen to my [title] playlist." or "Shuffle my [title] playlist."
  • Adjust the volume: "Volume up / down." or "Set volume to level [number]."
  • Hear details about the song currently playing: "What is this?" or "Who is this?" or "What song is this?" or "Who is this artist?" or "When did this song/album come out?"
  • Stop the song currently playing: "Stop." or "Pause."
  • Play or resume paused songs or tracks: "Play." or "Resume."
  • Set or cancel a sleep timer: "Set a sleep timer for [x] minutes / hours." or “Stop playing music in [x] minutes/hours.” or "Cancel sleep timer."
  • Go to the next or previous song: "Next." or "Previous."
  • Loop the music queue: "Loop."
  • Shuffle songs: "Shuffle." or "Stop shuffle."
  • Repeat songs: "Repeat this song."
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