Published: Wed, August 30, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Amazon Echo devices gain multi-room music feature

Amazon Echo devices gain multi-room music feature

Amazon announced a rather huge addition for its Echo family of smart speakers today. Consumers can direct the voice assistant to play music to a specific Echo, Dot or Show or to a group of them.

As well as helping with current purchases, the new app will be able to prompt user by suggesting previously bought items and also make appropriate recommendations for the customer based on what they normally buy.

To get started, you will first need to fire up the Amazon Alexa app and create a group that contains two or more Echo devices. Thanks to those integrations, you can ask Alexa to turn on the TV, raise or lower the volume, play, pause, stop, fast forward, switch inputs, and change channels. Amazon is has released another API to allow third-party Alexa speakers to operate within the multi-room audio playback setup as well.

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Amazon said on Tuesday that its Amazon Echo units can now serve as a multi-room speaker system. The $179 Amazon Echo is out of stock on Amazon right now, which could either be the result of a perfectly innocent sale, or a sign that Amazon has ditched stock ahead of a refresh.

The AVS developer tools will be available "early next year". Amazon is excited to be working with leading brands on this offering, including Sonos, Bose, Sound United, and Samsung. This has been a close collaboration from the beginning as we've worked together to combine the magic of Alexa with the seamless multi-room audio capabilities that Sonos pioneered. And, if you can't remember the name of a song, just prompt Alexa with its lyrics, or the artist's name. Starting today in the US, UK and Germany, you can sync those speakers up for whole-home audio playback, or tell one speaker to play music on another.

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