Play Spotify content and Apple Podcasts on Amazon Echo

If you have an Amazon smart speaker, you should know that you can now play podcasts from both Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Or almost, because the latter service for now is only available to users in the United States. Even so, it is interesting to know when the option is activated in other countries.

Smart speakers and podcasts


Smart speakers have many uses, but there are still all manufacturers must work harder. We refer to integrate as many services as possible. In the end, choosing between a speaker with Alexa, Google Assistant or the HomePod with Siri is a matter of functionality. If you use a service that is not in any of them, you discard it.

Therefore, it would be interesting that what now comes for example to the Amazon Echo was the usual week after week. But well, for now we will have to continue having some patience, because it is understood that they play in part with it to give value to your product.

At this time, perhaps, Alexa is the most balanced assistant in terms of integration with any operating system and services. In recent days Amazon announced that they have added support for new Podcast services. So we will see how to ask Alexa to play podcasts from Spotify or Apple Podcasts, the two main sources.

How to listen to Apple Podcasts programs from Amazon Echo

Before continuing, you should know that this feature is currently only available to users in the United States. It is assumed that little by little it will reach the rest of the countries, but there is no exact information of when it will happen. Therefore, if you live in another country like Spain, it is interesting information for the future.

Well, now that you know this, to be able to integrate Apple Podcasts into Amazon speakers, all you have to do is go to the Alexa application of your smartphone and log in with your Apple ID . From that moment on you will be giving Alexa permission to access your programs. The exact sequence of steps:

  1. Activate the Alexa skill here
  2. Open the Alexa application
  3. In Settings search for Music and Podcasts
  4. Link new account and start with your Apple ID
  5. Select podcast and set Apple Podcasts as the default service

From that moment you can tell Alexa to play the podcasts you want by just mentioning “Alexa, play the podcasts X in Apple Podcasts”

How to listen to Spotify podcasts on Amazon Echo with Alexa

In the case that you use Spotify as a platform to play podcasts, the operation is very similar and practically as simple.

  1. Activate the Alexa skill here
  2. Open the Alexa application on your smartphone
  3. Settings and then Music and Podcasts
  4. Link to your Spotify account
  5. Select Spotify and follow the steps that indicate
  6. Select Spotify as the default application

Ready, now as before, you just have to ask Alexa to play the podcasts you want on Spotify and it will.