Simple as it may be, streaming music is one of Alexa's most important features, largely because it does so well. Alexa removes a lot of friction that used to exist when trying to play music throughout your home. You no longer have to pull out a phone, connect the phone to the speaker, check out the music and play. Now you just say what you want to listen to and it plays.
If you, like me, are a music lover and can't imagine going back to the dark years of music streaming, below are nine music tips and tricks for your Alexa speaker.
Change the default music service
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Now that you play music, you don't need to specify the service you want to stream to music. If you still want to use Prime Music or Amazon Music Unlimited, you can say "Alexa, play [song or artist] on Amazon Music anytime."
Find similar music
If you are tired of listening to the same songs all the time, Alexa can mix things for you by finding similar music. Say something, "Alexa, play music like Fleet Foxes." This works for both similar songs and artists.
Earlier this month, Amazon rolled out the ability to create playlists with Alexa. It is of course a catch. It only works with Amazon's own music streaming services. So if you are a Spotify user, you need to build your playlists from your phone or computer. To create a playlist with Alexa, say:
- "Alexa, create a new playlist."
- "Alexa, create a" Road Trip "playlist."
- "Alexa, add this song to my playlist."
So far, you can only add songs to your playlist. If you want to rename a playlist, remove songs from it or make any other changes, you must use the Amazon Music app.
Creating a Music Alarm
With Alexa, you can wake up to music as well. Musical alarm works with Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and SiriusXM. There are several ways to create a music alarm:
- "Alexa, wake me to The Avett Brothers."
- "Alexa, alarm to CNET at TuneIn."
- "Alexa, wake me up to relax music."
- "Alexa, alarm for rock music."
Play music over multiple speakers
You can stream music toaround your house, a la Sonos. To make it possible, first go to alexa.amazon.com or open the Alexa app on your mobile device and then go to Settings> Multi-Room Music . Once there, create a group including the speakers you want to play music. Then you say, "Alexa, play The National on [group name]."
Play your own music
If your music streaming service is not supported by Alexa, you can still listen to it via your Alexa speaker – you just need.
To pair your phone with Alexa, say "Alexa, Couple" or "Alexa, Bluetooth." Look for the Alexa speaker in the Bluetooth settings on your phone. Select it to pair and start playing music.
Get Music News
If you like to keep up with current events in the music industry, Alexa can help. Add Amazon's own Today in Music skills to your Flash Briefing. Then you can create a routine to play your Flash Briefing at a certain time each day. Or manually play the Flash Briefing by saying, "Alexa, play my Flash Briefing" or "Alexa, what's in the news?"
Alexa music skills
Outside the nationally supported streaming services, there are also Alexa skills that can play music. You can play everything from surroundings, spa music and classical music in the public domain to cultural music and even radio stations.
To find new music skills, simply browse the category Music and Sound in the competence catalog.
On a related note is one thing that you never find lacking in the Alexa skills catalog trivia skills. The same goes for trivia on music. Go to alexa.amazon.com or open the Alexa app and go to Skills . Search for "music trivia" and you'll find trivia for various decades of music, trivia games you can play with your friends and much, much more.