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Solving the Puzzle: Why Alexa Won’t Play Specific Songs

Ever been snubbed by Alexa when you asked for your favorite tune? If “Sorry, I can’t play that” sounds familiar, or maybe “playing similar songs…” only to hear something completely different. This hiccup often ties back to recent tweaks in Amazon Music services.

Here, I’ll explain why Alexa might be skipping your song requests. Let’s figure out how to get back in tune with your voice assistant.

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With Amazon Music, understanding the different tiers—Amazon Music Free, Prime Music, and Amazon Music Unlimited—becomes crucial.

Amazon Music Free: This is the no-cost tier (no prime), offering Alexa users access to top playlists and stations with ads. Think of it as the appetizer in the Amazon Music world—tasty but not quite the full meal. If you’re using this tier, Alexa will likely respond to specific song requests with a playlist or station based on the song’s genre, not the song itself.

Prime Music: Included with your Amazon Prime membership, Prime Music offers over two million songs ad-free. It’s a significant step up from the free tier, like moving from appetizers to the main course. However, while you get more song choices and no ads, Alexa still can’t play specific songs on demand unless they’re within the Prime Music library.

Amazon Music Unlimited: This is the all-you-can-eat buffet of Amazon Music, with over 90 million songs available ad-free. This tier is what breaks the “Sorry, I can’t play that” curse, offering unrestricted access to any song, any time.

For more details on Amazon Music’s offerings, visit here.

Service Limitations with Spotify and Apple Music: Even when venturing outside Amazon’s ecosystem, the limitations vary. Spotify Free users, for instance, might find Alexa playing a song similar to the requested one, not the exact track, due to its shuffle mode with ads. 

On the other hand, premium accounts from Spotify and Apple Music offer a more seamless integration with Alexa, allowing for specific song requests without hitches.

So, before you make another song request, consider which Amazon Music experience you’re tuned into. This knowledge could turn the tide in your favor the next time you ask Alexa to play your jam.

Your Music, Your Way: Solutions to the Alexa Snub

If you’re tired of Alexa’s selective hearing when it comes to playing your favorite songs, don’t fret. There are several paths to achieving musical bliss, each tailored to different preferences and budgets.

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Amazon Music Unlimited: This is your golden ticket to on-demand music with Alexa. Upgrading to Unlimited expands your music library to over 90 million songs and ensures Alexa plays the specific tracks you request. If your music taste varies widely or you crave specific songs, this subscription is worth considering.

Spotify Premium: A strong contender for Alexa users, Spotify Premium removes the shuffle-only playback and ad interruptions, granting you full control over your music selections with Alexa. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a vast music library and enjoy curating your playlists.

Other AlternativesApple Music also integrates well with Alexa, offering a similar on-demand music experience to Spotify Premium. This could be an attractive option, depending on your device ecosystem or music preferences.

To ensure a smooth experience, you’ll need to link your chosen music service to Alexa. Here’s a quick guide:

  1. Open the Alexa App: Start by opening the Alexa app on your smartphone.
  2. Select Settings: Navigate to the settings menu, often found under ‘More’ or directly on the home screen.
  3. Choose ‘Music & Podcasts’: Here, you’ll find options for music services.
  4. Link New Service: Select the service you’re using (e.g., Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify Premium) and follow the prompts to link your account.
  5. Set as Default (Optional): To avoid specifying the service each time, set your preferred music service as the default.

Get more details on setting up your music service.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Won’t Alexa Play Songs from My Spotify Free Account?

Spotify Free limits Alexa to shuffle mode. Specific song requests aren’t possible; Alexa picks from a playlist or artist radio instead.

Can I Request Specific Songs from Alexa Without a Premium Service?

Direct song requests generally require a premium service like Amazon Music Unlimited or Spotify Premium. Alexa might play a related station or playlist without these subscriptions.

Why Won’t Alexa Play Specific Songs?

Alexa’s ability to play specific songs is directly tied to your music service and its integration with Alexa. Here’s why you might face issues:
Amazon Music Free and Prime Music: These tiers limit Alexa to playing songs from selected playlists or stations, not specific song requests.
Subscription Requirements: Services like Amazon Music Unlimited or Spotify Premium allow specific song requests. Without these subscriptions, Alexa defaults to playing similar tracks or stations.
Service Linking: If Alexa isn’t playing specific songs, ensure your preferred music service is correctly linked and set as the default in the Alexa app.
Voice Recognition: Ensure you speak clearly and use the correct song titles or artist names. Misunderstandings can lead to Alexa playing the wrong track.
Upgrading to a premium music service and

Conclusion: Tune In to Your Music with Alexa

Getting Alexa to play your favorite songs is easy once you pick the right music service and set it up in the Alexa app. Whether you choose Amazon Music Unlimited for its vast library or Spotify Premium for ad-free listening, you have options.

I recommend Spotify Premium for a seamless experience with Alexa. But it’s up to you to decide what fits best with your listening habits.

For more Alexa tips and tricks, check out our Alexa Archives. It’s packed with everything you need to know to make the most of your smart assistant.

Got any tips or feedback? Drop a comment and share your experience. Your advice could help others enhance their Alexa music experience. 

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