Free Music For Your Alexa Devices

Post Updated 4/16/19 – The fact that Amazon Prime members get unlimited, free access to stream Amazon’s Prime Music catalog through their Alexa devices is all well and good, but what if you’re not a Prime member? Here are some other ways to stream music to your Alexa devices without spending another dime.

Note that the information and links provided here are valid as of 12/30/17, but are subject to change at any time in the future due to changes in Amazon policies or product offerings.

1. Use the free account option for any or all of the Alexa-supported streaming music services: iHeartRadio, Pandora, TuneIn or Apple Music*.

*Apple Music is a paid subscription service, but Apple offers a free trial for the first three months (as of this writing, on 12/25/18). Spotify Premium isĀ  supported as well, but that service is also not free.

To see which streaming services are available in your area, in the Alexa app tap the ‘play’ icon at the bottom of the screen, next to the Blue Alexa ring icon (per the October, 2018 app update). This will open the Music & Books menu.

For full details on how to work with any of these services when using your Alexa device to stream their content, see this page on Amazon (UK readers click here for the same topic on Amazon’s UK site).

You can go to the respective websites, or use the mobile apps, of each service to sign up for a free account. Then go into the Echo mobile app and link the account(s) under Settings > Music Services.

2. Upload up to 250 of your own MP3 files to your Amazon Music Library for free.

**UPDATE 7/26/18** Amazon is retiring the ability to upload your own music to Amazon Music on or about January 2019, and stopped offering Amazon Music Storage memberships at all earlier this year. This post remains in place for archival purposes, but this section about uploading your own music is no longer accurate.

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3. US Readers: “Buy” Free Tracks & Albums On Amazon
Note to UK readers: for some reason Amazon’s UK digital music store rarely offers free music. I don’t know why this is, perhaps it’s due to some kind of UK law or regulation. Whatever the cause, I’m sorry that I can’t share links to free music on Amazon’s UK site.

At any given time you can find hundreds of free MP3 albums and thousands of free MP3 tracks in Amazon’s US Digital Music Store, and the selection ranges from kids’ music to classical, from alterna-pop to world music, from spoken word to bluegrass, from nature sounds (like the album pictured above) to house music, and just about any other genre you can think of.

**12/25/18 UPDATE** Amazon’s links seem to be redirecting to Prime music for me, probably because I’m a Prime member. If clicking on the links below doesn’t take you to free music, try copying and pasting the text of the links, which I’ve added beneath each one.

FREE MP3 albums, in order by average customer review rating
https://amzn.to/2V8JLm1

FREE MP3 songs, in order by average customer review rating
https://amzn.to/2CxnNls

It’s actually pretty easy to get a HUGE digital music library for free, and who knows? You may just discover some new favorites!

4. Use Bluetooth connectivity to pipe music from your phone, computer or other Bluetooth-capable device to your Alexa device.

Turn on Bluetooth on the device where the music is located, then ask Alexa to “discover” it by saying the wake word followed by the command “Pair”. When you start playing music on your paired device it will come through your Alexa device speaker.

While the Bluetooth connection is active you can use Alexa voice commands for Stop, Pause and Play, but you’ll need to go to the device where the music is playing to use other types of music library commands (e.g., search for music, skip tracks, etc.).

Click here for Amazon’s help topic on Bluetooth pairing.