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Is this not an Amazon issue though not a Spotify decision, as on Google Home you can have a different Spotify account linked to each profile with voice match? Amazon have decided to restrict voice match to Amazon Music only and therefore only one Spotify account can be linked to the device owner. The only workaround I can think of is to have an Amazon account per speaker and link different Spotify accounts in the family plan to the corresponding room. However this defeats the point in having a personalised music subscription as you wouldn’t be able to access your own playlists using voice.
If only a single ‘home’ Spotify account is linked to all devices then as soon as someone wants to play music in another room it will stop playing in the first room. 
Until Amazon fix this I am moving back to Google Home devices as I don’t want to be tied in to Amazon subscriptions for everything, plus I have spent years building up my Spotify playlists. 

If anyone has any suggestions please share!

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It’s very disappointing to discover this thread and see the attitude from Spotify on this issue.  There has to be huge numbers of homes with kids growing up that will want to have echos in their own rooms and wanting to be able to listen to music they want to be able to listen to.

 

like other I currently have 3 echos in my house that are all under my account which control all the lights, the thermostat, various WiFi plugs, tv etc and my wife has her amazon account linked to mine via household.  That way we can both control everything no matter which account the echo we are talking to, can play music to all echos as multiroom, call call the kids for tea etc.  However if we want our own music we make sure we’re in our own account (so I get access to my Spotify and the wife gets her amazon music).  I’ve now bought another two echo dots for each of my girls so they can listen to music in their rooms.  I was planning on signing up for Spotify family so each can have their own playlists and can play music at the same time.

 

Having read this thread I see that this isn’t possible unless I keep the new echos off the same setup as the rest of the house (so no control of lights, can’t be included in multiroom etc) and they have completely independent accounts (which also means I can’t control the volume, when the echos go into Do Not Disturb mode).  They are both too young to have their own phones so it’s not an option to use the other workarounds suggested already.

 

Surely it can’t be the case that Spotify’s position is, that in order to get the family music setup people are looking for they need to drop a huge portion of the functionality of the devices they have paid for???  If that is the case they are pushing away so many paid members to other services - talk about bad business!!!

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From what you’ve said, i think everything you’ve stated is correct

To me it looks like the design is flawed or hampered by the fact that Spotify insist on having only one concurrent stream whereas Apple music i think has at least two (not sure of the detail, it’s just what I’ve read). But from what i understand, if you already have a load of music in iTunes that you’ve purchased, subscribing to Apple’s streaming service really screws things up - so that isn’t an option either

So my wife has given trying to use her Spotify account on the Alexa as the implementation is just too poor/complicated trying to swap accounts all the time, she’s now using head phones to her iPhone instead because Spotify won’t fix this issue

I’m wondering if going down the route of a Pebble and setting up a different Apple streaming account might be the way forward - Spotify are just too stubborn/not interested in the issues we’re having with their software
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Pretty terrible “solution.”

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Agree this is a terrible "solution." It breaks a ton of functionality - ie can't play on all devices, can "drop-in" etc.

 

Sounds like a great reason to drop Spotify and go with Amazon music.

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This is what I find frustrating:

Preferred music service: Spotify. Why? Works impeccable with Alexa and my Sonos speaker. Also a nice Android app for Sony TV's (works well if you have a soundbar).

The issue with this service is that multiple Alexa devices won't work with Spotify Family Plan.

 

I've stopped my Spotify Family Plan and I'm now signed up for 30 days free Amazon Music Unlimited (Family Plan).

The great thing is that it works with multiple Alexa speakers.

However, in Australia/NZ, Amazon Music isn't listed in the Sonos desktop app. Therefore, I can't play through the Sonos speaker. Also, no Android app for Sony TV's.

 

Next to try would be Apple Music. It's available in the Sonos app. They haven't got an Android app for Sony TV's though. However, if I can stream to multiple Alexa devices through an Apple Music Family Plan, I'll have to make the switch.

 

Last one to try would otherwise be Tidal. It's available in the Sonos app. They've got an Android app for Sony TV's.

However, I'm unsure if you can stream to multiple Alexa devices through their family plan.

 

It's pretty frustrating as a user who's happy to pay, to have all these options, but none of them ticks all the boxes.

 

In an ideal world, I would go back to Spotify in a heartbeat, but if they don't play well with multiple Alexa devices (unless you have to do some crazy workarounds), then I guess I need to go for the Apple Music option.

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We have a Spotify Family account and MANY Echo devices. I created a separate Spotify account (taking away one of the 6 allowed accounts) just for the Echo devices. That avoids the issue of others messing up the preferred songs/playlists of my account. However, this still limits streaming to just one Echo device at a time. If somebody else tries to stream it will cut them off. I understand I could create separate Amazon accounts and associate each Spotify account with a particular Amazon account. However, not only do I not want to give the kids their own Amazon account (too young) but why do I need to do this just so I can play multiple Spotify accounts (to which I am entitled to)  on multiple devices. It appears there is some solution by telling Alexa to switch accounts but that's really cumbersome. Initially I thought Amazon is purposely limiting Spotify to promote their service but it seems this works works as expected with Apple. Hence, apparently this is an issue with Spotify....

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Thanks.
So basically I should be able to this with an Apple Music family
subscription?
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It is because Apple allow multiple streams to happen at any one time. In a way this is good however I love that when I start playing something on my laptop on Spotify I can switch to controlling it on my phone. However on Apple it doesn't show that Im playing something already. I'm not sure how many streams it allows though? 

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The only solution I found for me and my family is to switch to Amazon Music (Family Subscription). This is the only way I found to have multiple streams at the same time and still be able to manage all Alexa devices in my Amazon account.

The only drawback is, that I think Spotify (the streaming service and the app) is better than Amazon Music - and that is why the current situation is that frustrating. 

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