Amazon's Alexa now lets you control music in multiple rooms

Amazon's Alexa now lets you control music in multiple rooms

A new Alexa Voice Service Multi-Room Music software development kit (SDK) will let hardware makers enable multi-room Alexa music on devices that incorporate Alexa directly through the Alexa Voice Service (AVS).

Other systems like Google Home and Sonos already have these multiroom capabilities, but Amazon announced an additional feature in the works that paints the Echo as more of an accompanying device rather than just a competitor. The feature is available in the U.S., Britain and Germany. But either way, if you planned on picking one of these up via Amazon.com anytime soon, you're out of luck. Once the group has been created, say "Alexa, play John Mayer livingroom".

An FCC filing recently discovered by zatznotfunny has revealed that Sonos is working on a new wireless smart speaker with far field voice recognition and support for multiple platforms and services. Now, you can group them together for synchronized music playback. These tools will be available early next year. Amazon is working with Samsung, Boxe, Sonos, and Sound United to bake this API into their products. That's similar to how Alexa controls multiple smart-home devices together.

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If you need a new Echo device or two to build out your new multi-room audio setup, you can get an Echo Dot for $44.99 (a $5 discount) or an Echo Show for $229.99. Next, select Groups, Create Group, Multi-Room Music. For example, a user can say "Alex, play classical music for studying", or "Alexa, play the new Justin Bieber song".

Now, fast-forward to today, and although Amazon hasn't confirmed any of these reports, its original Echo is currently out of stock online, as spotted by TechCrunch.

Amazon.com, Inc's Music Unlimited (NASDAQ:AMZN) prices are lower for students now.

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