Spotify has announced that its free subscription tier will now stream across Alexa-powered devices, as well as other smart speakers from Sonos and Bose.
According to Spotify, Alexa support will be available for users in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. Support for Sonos and Bose is more broadly available to users around the world. The service has worked with Amazon Echo since 2016, but only for premium subscribers.
For Alexa devices, such as Amazon Echo speakers or Fire TV, users will be able to ask Alexa to play Spotify’s playlist, like Today’s Top Hits,” or their personalized playlist, “Discover Weekly,” among others. The service also can be set as the default, so users may command “Play my Discover Weekly,” “Like this song” or “Pause,” and more, without having to say “on Spotify.”
On Sonos and Bose speakers, users can set up Spotify Connect from the Spotify app. This works with Bose smart speakers and soundbars, as well as all Sonos smart speakers, including the new indoor/outdoor speaker Sonos Move and the Symfonisk Ikea WiFi Speaker, integrated with the Sonos Home Sound System.
To use Spotify Connect, users will tap the “Devices” icon on the screen to select which speaker you want to use. This will also require the Bose and Sonos devices are updated to the latest firmware, the company says.
The expanded support for smart speakers comes only a day after Amazon directly challenged Spotify by announcing its service would become free across devices, including the web, Fire TV, iOS and Android. Before, the free, ad-supported music service was only available on Echo devices.