How to manage your music on Alexa and Amazon Echo

Amazon Alexa app on iPhone

We’ve shown you how you can listen to your Apple Music tunes on your Amazon Echo speaker. But what if you use more than one music source? Maybe you also subscribe to Amazon Prime Music or SiriusXM, or just enjoy music apps like Pandora or iHeartRadio.

The nice thing about listening to music with your Amazon Echo speaker is that you have many options. You’re not just stuck with one music service. Here’s how to manage your music on Alexa and Amazon Echo.

Adding music services to Alexa

You can add music sources like those mentioned above and many others to the Alexa app. Just follow these steps.

1) Open the left-hand menu and select Skills & Games.

2) You can then use the search feature at the top to find a specific service or tap Music & Audio under Categories to browse for it.

3) When you find a music service that you want to add, tap it.

4) Tap Enable to Use. If the service requires an account login, you’ll be prompted for that, so just follow the instructions.

Alexa Add Music Services iPhone

Playing music on Amazon Echo speaker

Once the app (Skill) is enabled, you can give Alexa commands to play it. These will vary depending on the apps you connect.

You can say things like:

  • “Alexa, play classic rock radio on Pandora.”
  • “Alexa, play my {playlist name} playlist on Apple Music.”
  • “Alexa, play {song title} on Amazon Music.”

You can head to the Your Skills section in the Skills & Games area, select the app that you connect, and review some of the commands available for it.

Alexa Your Skills Music Services iPhone

You can also visit the area described below in your Alexa Account Settings for app commands.

Setting a default music service with Alexa

If you have several music services connected to Alexa and Amazon Echo, you can set a default. So, when you ask to play music without specifying a service, Alexa will play music from that source.

1) Open the left-hand menu and select Settings.

2) Under Alexa Preferences, choose Music.

3) Scroll down to Account Settings and you can see the current default service. Tap Default Services to change it.

4) You can choose both a Default Music Library and Default Station on the next screen. These are independent of each other. So, you can pick Apple Music for the library and iHeartRadio for the station, for example.

5) When you finish, you can tap the arrow at the top to go back or just close the Alexa app.

Alexa Default Music Services iPhone

Wrapping it up

Having the ability to play music from multiple services with Alexa on Amazon Echo is a terrific feature. Do you listen to different music sources with your speaker? If so, what are your favorite services?