The battle between music streaming platforms continues. One day after Amazon Music announced a new level that does not require subscription or monthly payments, now Spotify is expanding the number of products that are compatible with its level of free service.
This means that, if you have a free Spotify account, you can add it to your devices with Amazon Alexa, including the full range of Echo and Fire TV speakers. You can also now use Spotify on any Bose smart speaker through Spotify Connect, using the Spotify application as a remote control.
The news comes shortly after Spotify announced that its level of free service will work with Sonos products. Now that Spotify Free works with Alexa, any Sonos customer who has chosen to use Alexa as their voice assistant, either on a Sonos smart speaker or through an Echo line product, can use Alexa to play music from a free account Spotify
These movements significantly expand the potential audience of Spotify, as it seeks to grow its service in the face of growing competition. Until recently, a Spotify premium account is required if you want to use the music streaming service on a device other than a smart phone or a computer.
At the moment, the integration of Alexa only works for subscribers in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, but it is expected that it will soon be extended to other markets. Bose compatibility is not geographically restricted. Interestingly, despite this new expansion of devices, Google Assistant is not yet compatible with Spotify Free.