To date, Spotify users have been able to ask Amazon Alexa to play music, like their Discover Weekly or Today’s Top Hits playlists, but not podcasts. But for U.S. Amazon Alexa customers, that changes today. Now, Spotify Free and Premium users in the U.S. will be able to ask Alexa to play their favorite podcasts as well.
First, make sure to set Spotify as your default podcast and music provider in your Alexa settings. Then, all you have to do is call out, “Alexa, play The Joe Budden Podcast on Spotify,” or whatever podcast you want, to start enjoying podcasts on your Spotify account. It’s a seamless way to listen to your favorite podcasts, no hands needed.
In addition to requesting a specific podcast, users will be able to ask to restart an episode and pick up from where they left off in their Spotify app with Alexa just by saying, “Alexa, play the [podcast name] podcast. They can also request the latest episode, navigate to the previous or next episode, and even navigate by podcast time frame.
Try playing some of these new podcasts with your Alexa device:
- The Journal., a daily news podcast from the Wall Street Journal and Gimlet
- Amy Schumer Presents: 3 Girls, 1 Keith, a talk/interview series format with Amy Schumer herself, as well as notable celebrity guests
- The Hottest Take, bite-sized conversations with Bill Simmons and a rotating cast of co-hosts on the latest controversial topics
Ready to get started? All you have to do is ask.
Learn even more about listening to your favorite podcasts on Alexa here.