Amazon Echo Extends Smart Speaker Lead With Alexa Multi-Room Music Support

Mandy Carr
August 30, 2017

One of the biggest streaming services for example, Spotify, does not now have support, Amazon does mention though that it will be coming soon alongside support for SiriusXM. You can use the Alexa app to group Echo devices into collections like "upstairs" and "downstairs".

If you have multiple Amazon Echo speakers in your household, a new feature has been enabled which will allow you to spread your favorite tunes to every room. With it, you can fill your house with tunes and listen to them as you move from room to room, all without having to carry headphones or any other device with you. Amazon calls the new feature Multi-Room Music. The only problem is that you're limited to the capabilities of the speaker that the music is playing out of.

The AVS developer tools will be available "early next year". If you stream your music from Google play Music, unfortunately Amazon doesn't mention if this service will eventually gain support, so you'll need choose a different service if you want to use the new feature. Meaning, if you're listening to a song in the kitchen and you have another Echo device in the living room, they'll simultaneously play together giving you a wider reach of sound.

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In a statement, Sonos" software VP Antoine Leblond said: "Alexa set the standard for voice in smart homes, so working with Amazon to bring voice control to Sonos for the first time was an obvious choice.

Now if you're like me and you enjoy the ease of use that multi-room audio support provides - but would like to utilize it with better speakers, like Sonos for example - well you shouldn't have to wait much longer.

Follow these steps to stream music across multiple Echo speakers. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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