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Same issues. 5 Echoes in the house (3kids, wife and I). Want to keep the kids Echoes linked to parental Amazon accounts . Have Spotify family. Problem: Kids can't play their own music on their Echoes without it cutting out what I'm listening to, even when I'm listening to Spotify on my smart phone. Kids are too young to have own phones (before someone suggests that again!). Spotify, its time to sort this out. Otherwise you lose not only my subscription but the kids future subscriptions too....

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This is not a solution. It is an inappropriate work around that breaks Alexa in the process.
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I really cannot believe this.

 

I've had premium (solo) for 2 years (free through phone), and have put up with the kids cutting off my music, because it was free.

 

That has now ended so signed up straight away for 'family'. Only to find that my 6 echo dots (which are obviously under one account to enable the most from them, AND my kids are way too young to have their own amazon accounts) are essentially not compatible and we CANNOT play different songs at the same time in different rooms on different echo dots.

 

THIS, if correct, IS SIMPLY LUDICROUS.

 

Please could I ask for confirmation that this is how it is, and I'm not missing something obvious.

 

And whilst I'm here, does anyone know if the Amazon Music equivalent works any better?

 

Thank you in advance.

 

Neil

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Unfortunately this looks like the end of Spotify for me. I originally had amazon music family,  and had no problem with the kids listening to what they want on their alexas,  while I'm listening to my own music on phone,  car or alexa. So halfway through listening to slayer now on Spotify,  suddenly eurovision or some other nonsense starts playing!! It would be funny if it wasn't sooooooooooooo frustrating. 

I didn't like amazon music app,  but it does the job we are all looking for.

Does anyone know if apple music works on different alexas?

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Isn't this a simple solution from a development perspective?

 

It's simple:

 

If I pay for a family plan, I should be able to play unlimited streams, from unlimited devices, at the same time, on one user account.

 

Why is music so special compared to every streaming platform that exists? Netflix, Hulu, HBO max, amazon, Disney+... all allow me to have multiple videos going at once throughout my house. 

 

Fix your product. Stop with the excuses. This problem has existed for 4 years. Your delay is pathetic.

 

Edit: from a software or licensing perspective, what is the difference between 6 profiles playing 6 different songs, or 1 profile playing 6 different songs on 6 different devices? Limit it that way. If 3 profiles are playing a song each, then a fourth profile would only have access to 3 streams... Make the total concurrent streams equal to the max amount of profiles.

 

Do you need developers? Pretty sure there's some talented people out there looking for jobs...

 

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This is really unacceptable. I will look into Apple Musik since this seems to work as intended.

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I agree and have the same problem.
It would be nice to be able to pair specific spotify accounts to specific echo devices, but also be able to do play music "everywhere"

Right now, my 3 boys each have their own device in their room, but they argue a lot because they interrupt each others' music playing because they're each requesting their own device play the song they want.....which stops playing what another brother was listening to. This has become the bane of my existence haha.

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Could be worse, while singing along to iron maiden on way home from work,
suddenly cardi B came on my car stereo, I certainly had my eyes opened in
the lyrics, and I'm in no way easily shocked.
My son and friends had tried to play it on his alexa
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Amazon works well because their family plan is just 6 streams at the same time. Different accounts not required. Their music catalogue is smaller, takes longer to receive new music and doesn't categorize the music as well but if Spotify doesn't work at all we don't really have a choice. 

 

We actually tried making amazon accounts for both the kids but Alexa will only allow 2 accounts in a "household." thereby making it impossible to link all the echo devices together. We use our devices as an intercom system within the house and that's not possible if you're not in the same household. 

 

The simplest fix would be for spotify to just allow 6 streams on their family plan rather than insisting everyone have their own account and profile. I want to move back to spotify but we won't until this huge issue is fixed.

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