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    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 12th Dec 17, 6:56 PM
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    Alexa and Spotify
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    • 12th Dec 17, 6:56 PM
    Alexa and Spotify 12th Dec 17 at 6:56 PM
    I am thinking about getting my teenage daughter an Amazon Echo dot,but just have a couple of questions.
    Once you own the Echo,do you then have to pay Amazon to link it up with Spotify,or do you just pay the monthly Spotify membership (£9.99,though currently 99p for 3 months)?
    If we sign up for Spotify,can I just confirm that she will be able to listen to music through her mobile phone,Ipad and Alexa (daughter says she already listens to the free Spotify through phone and Ipad-I assume she can just add Alexa.)
    I was thinking of getting the Echo dot,but would the Echo be better,in general,but especially for listeningto music.
    Have just realised there is an Echo plus.Arrrghhh!Would that be better again?
    Thank you for any help.
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    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 12th Dec 17, 6:59 PM
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    Echo plus has a bulb built in. I have the echo and the sound is more than enough for the kitchen and fills the house. I don!!!8217;t know where the music comes from but so far it!!!8217;s played everything I!!!8217;ve asked of it and I gave up Spotify years ago. Great bit of kit, going to buy a dot for the bedroom.

    https://www.spotify.com/uk/amazonalexa/
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    • zx81
    • By zx81 12th Dec 17, 7:14 PM
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    • 12th Dec 17, 7:14 PM
    For music, the Echo would be the much better choice. The Dot is too small for good sound, although it's not atrocious by any means.

    Your daughter will need Spotify Premium to work with it though - not the free version. She can use radio via TuneIn, or Amazon music if you have it.
    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 12th Dec 17, 8:08 PM
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    • 12th Dec 17, 8:08 PM
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    • 12th Dec 17, 8:08 PM
    Are you saying Spotify Free won't work at all on the Echo (Dot), or just won't be the best (ad free) experience?

    PS - students can get Spotify Premium for £5 per month ... us "adults" are charged £10 per month.
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    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 12th Dec 17, 8:54 PM
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    • 12th Dec 17, 8:54 PM
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    • 12th Dec 17, 8:54 PM
    Are you saying Spotify Free won't work at all on the Echo (Dot), or just won't be the best (ad free) experience?

    PS - students can get Spotify Premium for £5 per month ... us "adults" are charged £10 per month.
    Originally posted by DoaM
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    • zx81
    • By zx81 12th Dec 17, 9:16 PM
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    • 12th Dec 17, 9:16 PM
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    • 12th Dec 17, 9:16 PM
    Are you saying Spotify Free won't work at all on the Echo (Dot), or just won't be the best (ad free) experience?
    Originally posted by DoaM
    The free version won't work at all.
    • devizes18193
    • By devizes18193 13th Dec 17, 11:04 AM
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    • 13th Dec 17, 11:04 AM
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    • 13th Dec 17, 11:04 AM
    Hi can confirm the free version wont work but if you played it from the phone through bluetooth or the 3.5 jack it would .
    • thebigstillmeister
    • By thebigstillmeister 13th Dec 17, 11:09 AM
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    • 13th Dec 17, 11:09 AM
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    • 13th Dec 17, 11:09 AM
    I have several Dots and Echo's, i wouldn't recommend the dot for playing music unless you have a bluetooth speaker to connect to.

    The sound is ok on the dot, but is a bit like playing music on your mobile phone speaker.

    The sound quality of the echo is really good.

    The echo plus just has a built in hub to control things such as smart bulbs etc,.. so no point in spending more unless she is going to use that functionality,
    Last edited by thebigstillmeister; 13-12-2017 at 11:13 AM.
    • thebigstillmeister
    • By thebigstillmeister 13th Dec 17, 11:14 AM
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    • 13th Dec 17, 11:14 AM
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    • 13th Dec 17, 11:14 AM
    oh, also they are all on offer at the moment on Amazon,

    £10, £20 and £30 off for the dot, echo, echo+
    • Shrimply
    • By Shrimply 13th Dec 17, 11:29 AM
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    I've actually been resonably impressed by the sound from my echo dot, it's pretty decent in a small room. And certainly much better than my phone speakers.

    Not sure if others would agree but personally I think an echo dot plus a decent bluetooth\ wired speaker would potentially be a far more flexible option for her.
    • thebigstillmeister
    • By thebigstillmeister 13th Dec 17, 11:59 AM
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    if i was buying it for someone specifically for listening to music as the OP mentions, i'd rather pay the additional £35 for the superb sound quality rather than make do with 'being reasonably impressed' or faff around with bluetooth speakers.

    That's just my opinion of course, but it's based on having Dot's, Echo's and a bluetooth speaker
    • SeduLOUs
    • By SeduLOUs 13th Dec 17, 12:09 PM
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    I wouldn't use a dot for music personally, it's meant for just talking to you or attaching to another speaker if you want to use it for music. It's quite tinny playing music on it's own. I have heard the Echo is pretty decent, but I don't have them personally, I have dots connected to Sonos.

    You will need Spotify premium (or some other premium music service) to use with Alexa. Spotify can be had for £4.99 a month if you are a student.

    No point buying the Echo Plus unless she is going to be getting other smart home devices - the 'plus' is that it acts as a hub for Hive Heating, Philips Hue lights and some others.
    • Gers
    • By Gers 13th Dec 17, 12:41 PM
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    There is a really good FB group for all things Echo and Dot. The people there are also knowledgeable and helpful, I found it most useful when I first got the Echo and then a wee Dot.

    Echo for music! I use Amazon Music which is free for Prime members, I don't use the paid for service.
    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 13th Dec 17, 10:10 PM
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    Thank you everyone for your help.
    After lots of research,and listening to the Echo and Echo dot at Currys this afternoon,I bought the Echo for £69.99.It did sound less "tinny" than the dot.Apparently I also got a few months of Deezer free with it also.
    Thanks again for everyone's help.
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    • OnePound
    • By OnePound 7th Mar 18, 7:52 PM
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    Hi, I am also looking at getting a speaker for my son. I am confused as to whether the Echo will work with Spotify Free version? Can the Echo be used as a Bluetooth speaker and therefore play the free version??
    • ss53
    • By ss53 7th Mar 18, 10:41 PM
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    Echo
    No echo will work directly with free Spotify - you need a premium Spotify account.

    CAn't speak about bluetooth as I haven't tried it.

    In terms of sound quality...

    Echo Dot is not up to the job of a music speaker.
    Echo is fine.
    For a bedroom Echo Spot is a good choice - sound quality is vey good - and it doubles as an alarm clock.
    • OnePound
    • By OnePound 7th Mar 18, 11:09 PM
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    Does anyone know if the free version of Spotify works using Bluetooth?
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