Your Amazon Echo just got a cool new feature for free

UK Alexa users now have access to Amazon Music playlists and stations, free

Free music Amazon Echo
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Good news for owners of Alexa devices in the UK: starting today, customers in the UK who do not yet have a Prime membership (opens in new tab) or a subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited (opens in new tab) can listen to an ad-supported selection of playlists and stations for free with Amazon Music on compatible Alexa-enabled devices (opens in new tab), which include the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show 5 and Echo Input, but not the Ring Video Doorbell.

As an owner of a supported Alexa powered device, you now now have access to play a station based on a song, artist, era, and genre, and to hear some of Amazon Music's global playlists including Rap Rotation, Pop Culture, and more. To listen, simply say:

"Alexa, play the playlist Pop Culture" to hear that playlist.

"Alexa, play Taylor Swift" to hear a station featuring her music.

"Alexa, play nineties music" to hear a station filled with music from that era.

"Alexa, play rap music" to hear music from the genre.

And so on.

If you like the stations and decide you want the music without the ads, you can subscribe to Amazon Prime to get more than 2 million songs and thousands of stations and playlists across your devices including mobile, desktop, Alexa-enabled devices, and more, at no additional cost to your membership.

And if you want even more of a music selection, then check out Amazon Music Unlimited, (opens in new tab) a premium subscription service that provides unlimited access to more than 50 million songs including the latest new releases.

For more information head to Amazon Music (opens in new tab).

Paul Douglas
Paul Douglas

Paul started his career in publishing 25 years ago, working on a print magazine that consisted mainly of website listings because Google had not yet been invented. He worked in print for over 10 years on various computing titles including .net magazine and the Official Windows Magazine before moving to TechRadar.com in 2008, eventually becoming Global Editor-in-Chief for the brand, overseeing teams in the US, UK and Australia. Following that, Paul has been Global Editor-in-Chief of BikeRadar and T3 (not at the same time) and later Content Director working on T3, TechRadar and Tom's Guide. In 2021, Paul also worked on the launches of FitandWell.com and PetsRadar. Paul is currently Global Digital Editorial Strategy Director at Future.