Most people use Amazon Alexa speakers for music, and if you're the proud owner of an Amazon Echo (or indeed any smart speaker with Alexa built in) you can enjoy music for free.
These days, a music subscription seems to be another life tax, just like fuel, bills and, of course, Netflix. But thanks to a new ad-supported service from Amazon itself, and Spotify loosening restrictions, Alexa-enabled devices can now stream music for free.
And speakers like the Amazon Echo Show range and the Amazon Echo Studio deliver top quality music quality too.
But there will be restrictions, and a Spotify or Apple Music subscription will set you back around $9.99 per month, while an Amazon Music Unlimited is $7.99 - but has recently been updated to include HD streams for free.
But, if you want to get music without adding to your outgoings, it's also possible ‚Äď albeit slightly limited. Let's go through the steps, and also look at a couple more sources of free music on the Echo.
Use Spotify Free
Spotify on Alexa used to be limited to the paid-for platform, but now users of Spotify Free can also use their voice to summon music.
There are limitations, however.
You can only choose music from playlists, so you can't just pick and choose the music you want to hear on a whim.
Find out how: How to connect Spotify and Alexa
But that means you can choose your own created playlists, or ones like Discover Weekly, which are personalised to your tastes. Spotify also has tonnes of curated playlists too.
Try Amazon Music for free
Before, there was no automatic provision for music built into the Echo or Alexa, but you could access Prime Music if you were an Amazon Prime subscriber.
However, Amazon has a free tier of its music streaming service that's ad-supported and available for any Alexa-enabled devices.
The new level gives users to access to a selection of top playlists and stations for free ‚Äď beforehand, as we say, this was only available for Prime members. It's naturally more limited, since there's no subscription required, and is similar to the two million free songs that Prime subscribers get. If you were to pay for Music Unlimited, there's access to more than 40 million, by comparison.
You can access the free music based on songs, artists, eras or genres, saying things like, ‚ÄúAlexa, play the [artist/song/etc.] station.‚ÄĚ Alternatively, you can choose one of the many preset playlists, including Fuego Latino, Country Heat and more.
If you want to try out a fully paid Amazon Music Unlimited subscription, you can do that, too. Simply take out a 30-day Amazon Music Unlimited trial, which you can cancel at any time. It's a great way to try before you buy.
Access free radio with TuneIn
If you‚Äôre not interested in the free tier of Amazon Music, you can always hit up the radio.
While Google obviously has YouTube to call on, there‚Äôs no option for that on your Alexa speaker ‚Äď unless, of course, you're trying to watch YouTube on the Echo Show. But there is the TuneIn radio skill, which will give you access to pretty much any radio station on demand.
Just say ‚ÄúAlexa, play [radio station]" to get started. It should work automatically but say "Alexa, enable TuneIn skill," if not.
Amazon Echo devices are all compatible with Bluetooth, so you can hook them up as speakers for your devices. That means you can play any music source you like to your Amazon Echo ‚Äď if you pair the two first.
It‚Äôs a bit of a faff, but Alexa will remember devices, so you can just say ‚ÄúAlexa, pair my device‚ÄĚ at any point to quickly get the two hooked up.