Amazon’s Alexa is changing into much less hospitable to individuals who favor to purchase music as a substitute of simply signing up for a music subscription service reminiscent of Spotify. 

Till lately, Amazon Music Storage was one of the simplest ways to stream your private music assortment onto Alexa units—offered it was encoded as MP3 recordsdata. However in December, Amazon stopped supporting new uploads for the free service; it stopped accepting paid subscriptions a month later. In January 2019, Amazon will shut down Music Storage totally, rendering your MP3 assortment inaccessible on Echo units until you bought the songs immediately by means of Amazon’s digital retailer.

That doesn’t imply you’re out of choices. To play your personal MP3s (or music encoded in different codecs, reminiscent of FLAC) on the Echo or different Alexa units, you possibly can nonetheless use Plex or My Media Server for Alexa, each of which let you stream songs that you simply’ve saved on one other machine. Alternatively, a service known as My Pod allows you to to stash some songs in Google Drive and entry them with customized voice instructions. These companies aren’t as full-featured or as easy-to-use as Amazon Music was, however a minimum of they nonetheless allow you to entry your music assortment with voice instructions.

Right here’s how one can preserve the music enjoying:

Possibility 1: Plex Media Server

To have Plex play your music recordsdata on an Amazon Echo, you’ll want a media server machine that’s at all times on and might run Plex Media Server. That may embody a desktop pc (working Home windows, MacOS, or Linux), a NAS (network-attached storage) box, or an Nvidia Protect TV. Plex doesn’t at the moment help streaming to Alexa units from Plex Cloud servers.

Streaming your music this fashion additionally has some limitations in comparison with Amazon Music and different companies that don’t require putting in an Alexa ability, reminiscent of Spotify and Pandora:

  • Complete-home music isn’t supported, so you possibly can hear on just one speaker at a time
  • You’ll be able to’t set Plex because the default streaming service, and you could use particular syntax (both “Alexa, ask Plex…” or “Alexa, inform Plex…”) to play your songs every time.
  • Responses from Plex take barely longer than Alexa’s built-in music companies.
  • Album artwork isn’t supported on the Echo Present.

Nonetheless on board? Right here’s how one can arrange Plex for Alexa music playback:

1. Sign up for a free Plex account, which is required to make use of the service with Alexa.