Do you need Amazon Prime to use Echo speakers? Well, you cannot play music from Amazon Prime Music without a Prime package. But even without Prime, the Alexa speakers can play several other media sources.
Do You Need Amazon Prime to Use Echo Smart Speakers
You do not need Amazon Prime to to get much function from the Amazon Alexa Echo smart speakers. True. A Prime membership grants you shipping discounts when buying said speakers. It also gives you access to the Amazon Prime Music service. Plus, with Prime, you can buy an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription at a reduced rate. But without this, you can still play other content the speaker. Now you cannot play music from Amazon Prime Music.
Alexa smart speakers play radio stations from iHeart and TuneIn Radio. Plus, they play Spotify and Pandora, and thousands of podcasts. All of that you get without Prime. Without Prime, you still get news and traffic reports. You can even play games, and access the thousands of Alexa skills, and hear some music.
In fact, you just need a Wi-Fi connection for Alexa. Plus, you must have an Amazon account and the Alexa app. See our Amazon Alexa Gen 2 Echo Dot Smart Speaker Setup Help Instructions post. This details what you need to play the Alexa talking speakers. It also shows how to set up your speaker, without Prime.
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References for Do You Need Amazon Prime to Use Echo
- 2017-12-28: Originally published.