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General Category => Echo Technical Support => Topic started by: redgmon on April 19, 2020, 07:09:39 pm

Title: Routine Will Not Play Playlist
Post by: redgmon on April 19, 2020, 07:09:39 pm
Thank you all in advance.

Device: Amazon Echo

Routine: at a certain time daily:
1) Turn on room lights
2) Play a playlist on Spotify.

Issue: The lights come on but the playlist isn't played.

Playlist action: Play "Wake Up Playlist" on Spotify.

When setting up the routine no errors were reported.

When testing the routine, it goes through its steps without error but the playlist isn't played or at least no sound is coming through the Echo.

I can give Alexa the command to play the Spotify playlist and it does without error.

I will be grateful for any direction.

Title: Re: Routine Will Not Play Playlist
Post by: renegade600 on April 19, 2020, 07:50:18 pm
I really do not know, maybe the following will give some hints and get ideas rolling here

https://voicebrew.com/alexa-day-30/alexa-routine/#music
Title: Re: Routine Will Not Play Playlist
Post by: jwlv on April 20, 2020, 07:47:55 am
I've found that playing music through a routine is very hit-and-miss.

For example, I created a routine to play iHeart 80's from iHeart Radio. Everything looks fine in the routine. But when running the routine, it just won't play or it plays the wrong playlist.

After many trials and errors, I discovered that the way you spell or enter the name of the song or playlist matters. And it matters A LOT! Even the spacing matters. "iHeart80s" is different than "iHeart 80s" when used in a routine. And both are different from "IHeart80s" with the capital I. For me, I had to enter the playlist exactly as "iHeart80s". If I entered it in any other variations on spelling, spacing, punctuation, or upper/lower case letters, the results will be different.