Amazon finally released a feature Amazon Echo and Alexa users have been requesting for a long time: music alarms.
A study by Experian in 2016 shows that “setting an alarm” is one of the top five ways users use their Echo.
Now, if you have Spotify or Amazon Music, you can ask Alexa to wake you up with any song, artist station, radio/news station, playlist, or genre.
However, to ask for a specific song or playlist, you'll need Spotify Premium or Amazon Music through your Prime account or an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription. If you are not an Amazon Prime member ($99/year), Alexa will use Pandora, TuneIn, Sirius XM, and iHeartRadio to play a station based on that song request.
Here is how to ask Alexa to set a music alarm:
News: “Alexa, set an alarm for 7 a.m. using NPR news on TuneIn.”
Song: “Alexa, wake me up to 'Run the World' by Beyonce at 7 a.m.”
Album: “Alexa, wake me up to the album Merry Christmas by Mariah Carey at 7 a.m.”
Genre, recurring: “Alexa, wake me up to heavy metal music at 7 a.m. every day of the week.”
Song, recurring: “Alexa, set an alarm for 7 a.m. every weekday using 'Work' by Rihanna.”
If you have Amazon Music, you can even use lyrics or ask for a mood playlist:
“Alexa set an alarm for 7 a.m. to the song that goes, 'I don't want to work today, maybe I just wanna stay.'”
“Alexa, wake me up with relaxing music at 7 a.m.”
Before you use the music alarm feature, make sure you’ve set your default music service in the app.
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By doing this, Alexa will know to grab the song or album from the right streaming service. Spotify Premium may have some songs and albums that Amazon Music doesn't, for example.