Not being able to assign Spotify Family users to individual Echo devices is unacceptable as it breaks several other aspects of the Alexa/SmartHome functionality. For example, if I have smart lightbulbs in my kid's room so she can tell her dot, "Echo, Lights on" then, if she puts her dot on her own account simply to use her own Spotify, then she can no longer control her lights. Furthermore, as a parent, I lose parental controls over her device if she makes her own Amazon account simply to use her Spotify account. It also breaks other Echo functionality like, "Alexa, make an announcement".
Conversely, using one of the 5 Spotify family accounts across all devices undermines the ability for everyone to listen to their own music simultaneously -- which is why I'm paying a premium in the first place.
Because Spotify doesn't care about families, we are not their target demographics. They are rolling out a kids' app in a few countries but still, they would need to cast from a tablet, they can't use a voice command to start the music. So they are not tackling the issue directly but making you start a stream through a device, not by voice. That's very sad - that a company like Spotify stays in the past and ignores the huge market of smart speakers and voice activation (not to mention the lack of hi-res, they are still streaming MP3s like its the 90s). This is why I will stay with Amazon music family HD where I can run 6 different streams on any device from one account, use my voice to do that and enjoy CD-quality music or better. in their defense, it's not just about Amazon, none of the smart speaker ecosystems are supported (Google, Apple, etc.) so at least they are consistent in their mistakes...
I followed your link, but did not get to a solution.
Spotify Premium Family with two users: Me and my wife
Spotify is used on our Iphones
Sonos 5 in living room
Echo in our son's room
Echo dot in kitchen
Spotify does work in parallel on the Iphones. However, if we switch to the speakers, they disturb each other. Most annoying: I listen to Spotify in the car, my wife asks Alexa to play song X, then my stream stopps and displays the message that I now use the Echo.
I have set up the Echos from scratch today, following exactly the instructions, but somehow it still does not work. I am also wondering, why not more users have this issue.
This is not an acceptable or a workable solution. You guys should be embarrassed. How is it possible that your “engineers” cannot figure out an acceptable solution when Apple has figured it out. Stop being lazy and start listening to your subscribers. I downgraded my Spotify account to the free version today, after being a premium member since 2015. I left your service for Amazon Music Unlimited - which is fully compatible with my smart home. I also sold my investment in your stock after finding out how ridiculously bad your smart home compatibility is regarding the family plan. Good luck not loosing more customers!
Is it possible to link your alexa to your actual family account instead of just one person??? I don't even care about not being able to listen all at once, I'm most annoyed by the fact that I upgraded to the family plan so that my daughter could have her own playlists that wouldn't affect my spotify mixes etc. but now when we ask it to play hers it says it doesn't recognize the names of her playlists because its under my account (even though I'm the manager of the family plan)
Hi Peter - This solution doesn't work for people (like me) who have young children and do not want them to have their own Amazon accounts, but do want them to be able to play from their own Spotify Family accounts, to which we subscribe. Surely there has to be a solution short of creating new Amazon accounts for minors?
Yeah, Spotify decided (according to the status of this idea) a "not right now". Okay, so you take our money, and then you wont let us stream the music we paid for? Wow ... Said to leave, as Spotify is a European company, but if Amazon is able to perform what we want to do, we're going to switch to them.