Amazon from Alexa is becoming less hospitable to people who prefer to buy music instead of just signing up for a music subscription service such as Spotify.
Until recently, Amazon Music Storage was the best way to stream your personal music collection to Alexa devices – provided it was encoded as MP3 files. But last December, Amazon stopped supporting new uploads for the free service; it stopped accepting paid subscriptions a month later. In January 2019, Amazon completely closed the music storage, making your MP3 collection inaccessible on Echo devices, unless you purchased the songs directly from Amazon's digital store.
That does not mean that you no longer have options. To play your own MP3 & # 39; s (or music encoded in other formats, such as FLAC) on the Echo or other Alexa devices, you can still use Plex or My Media Server for Alexa, which allows you to play both songs can stream on which you have saved another device. Alternatively, with a service called My Pod, you can store some songs in Google Drive and open them with custom voice commands. These services are not as complete or as easy to use as Amazon Music, but at least they still give you access to your music collection with voice commands.
Here's how you can make the music play:
Option 1: Plex Media Server
If you want Plex to play your music files on an Amazon Echo, you need a media server device that is always on and Plex Media Server can execute. That can be a desktop computer (with Windows, MacOS or Linux), a NAS (storage in a network) or an Nvidia Shield TV. Plex does not currently support streaming to Alexa devices from Plex Cloud servers.
Streaming your music this way also has some limitations when compared to Amazon Music and other services that do not require Alexa skill, such as Spotify and Pandora:
Whole music becomes home not supported, so you can only listen on one speaker at a time
You cannot set Plex as the standard streaming service and you must use a specific syntax (either "Alexa, ask Plex …" or "Alexa, tell Plex … ") to play your songs every time.
Answers from Plex take a little longer than the built-in music services from Alexa.
Album covers are not supported on the Echo Show.
Still on board? To set up Plex for playing Alexa music:
1. Sign up for a free Plex account, which is required to use the service with Alexa.
3. Go to app.plex.tv to launch Plex from any phone, tablet or computer.
4. Select Settings in the left sidebar.
5. In the settings menu, select External access in the left sidebar, and then select Enable external access. (Plex says that this is not necessary if you use the latest media server software, but it still suggests it.)
6. If you have not set your music folder during the installation, you will return to the main menu. In the Libraries section of the left sidebar, highlight Music, press the "…" icon, and then select Use the "Add Folders" menu to show Plex where your music files are located.