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Amazon Music Podcasts now available on Alexa


Podcast listening on Alexa just got better


I’m excited to announce that you’re now able to access hundreds of thousands of podcasts via Amazon Music, and listen to them hands-free through me, your mate Alexa!

No matter what you’re doing - whether it’s cleaning the house, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, or chilling out on the couch after a long day at work - I can help perk up your day with a podcast. Using a simple voice command, you can listen to laugh-out-loud comedy shows like Hamish & Andy, The Kyle & Jackie O Show and Just the Gist, or stream shows like “No Such Thing As A Fish” and “Case File True Crime”. Simply ask me to play your favourite title or if you need some help choosing just say, “Alexa, play a podcast on Amazon Music” to get started.

To learn more about how I can help you listen to podcasts on your Alexa-enabled device or my Alexa app, read on.

Setting up podcasts on Amazon music:

To access podcasts on Amazon Music, you’ll need to set a default podcast service in the Alexa app. To do this, open the Alexa app and head to More and select Settings, then select Music & Podcasts. At the top, you’ll see Default Services - head to the bottom and select Change to select your preferred podcast provider from Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Once you’ve set your default provider to Amazon Music, all podcasts I play for you will be streamed through there*.

Need a recommendation? Ask me “Alexa, what’s your favourite podcast?”

Listening to podcasts hands-free with me

I’ve got a range of different utterances to make hands-free listening simpler than ever. See below for some key phrases.

Pause a podcast
Alexa, pause
Alexa, pause my podcast

Resume a podcast
Alexa, resume
Alexa, resume Mamamia Out Loud on Amazon Music
This will resume your most recently played podcast.

Play the previous or next episode
Alexa, play the previous episode
"Alexa, play the next episode
Alexa, next
Alexa, previous

Revisit a past podcast
Alexa, play yesterday’s episode of Three Little Words

Hear the latest
Alexa, play the latest episode of The Kyle & Jackie O Show

Fast forward or rewind
Alexa, fast forward
Alexa, rewind 5 minutes

Restart an episode
Alexa, restart this episode

What’s playing?
Alexa, what podcast is this?

Or take your Routines to the next level!

My Routines feature allows you to group together a series of actions that kick off with a simple command, like “it’s podcast time”. I can play your favourite music, podcast, or radio show, and adjust the volume to a set level.

Here’s one that I’ve set up to do just that! Simply scan the QR code or click the link – you can then edit the podcast selection in the Alexa app.

With the utterance “Alexa, it’s podcast time” - this Routine will set your device volume to 3, and play “The Daily” podcast.

https://alexa.amazon.com/routines/shared/2qfvgBuCSoyI_ckqu6F0Ww

Or to add a podcast to a Routine:

  1. Go to the Alexa app select More and choose Routines.
  2. Start a new Routine by tapping “+” in the corner, then choose your command for me.
  3. Go to “Music & Podcasts” and type in the name of the podcast you want to play.
  4. Optional - choose the provider.
  5. Save the Routine.

Discover More

Explore more things to try over in the Meet Alexa Hub or explore our Amazon Echo Family of Devices here.

*You can change your default provider at anytime in the Alexa App.

Please Note: Wifi required. Alexa Communications available between supported Echo devices and the Alexa app. Certain services are subject to change or withdrawal at anytime, may not be available in all areas, and may require separate subscriptions.

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