Spotify adds voice control to Alexa and better Sonos integration

Yesterday Sonos confirmed that customers can now play music from Spotify on its speakers with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. Originally reported to The Verge, users must choose Spotify as their preferred service inside the Alexa app. Once they have chosen Spotify as their default users can tell Alexa to play your full collection of Spotify playlists, artists, albums, and songs.

Spotify also addressed an issue that many users had with the Sonos One, the company’s first speaker with integrated mics for Alexa. When the Sonos One launched it couldn’t play music from Spotify with voice, instead, you had to start playing from the Sonos or Spotify app and then could use voice for skipping tracks or adjusting volume.

Spotify promised to add full Spotify support by December 21st. Spotify was able to beat this deadline, and now users will have their Discover Weekly, Release Radar, and custom-made playlists just a quick “Alexa” request away.

Older Sonos speakers don’t miss out on this convenience, as they can be linked with and controlled by Amazon Echo devices. Separately, Sonos has recently been working with streaming partners to give more apps control over its hardware. Both Pandora and Tidal can now play music directly to Sonos speakers.