Hey Alexa!

Alexa, the virtual, computer-generated assistant is a genius of the 21st century. It is smart enough to obey, sharp enough to understand commands, and intelligent enough to keep you hooked for hours. Since its launch, i.e in 2015, nearly all AI companies (especially Facebook) combating their own failure’s asked why is Alexa–the smart speaker required? But now, nearly every household says, why not? It plays music, books tickets, orders food, turns on and off the lights and roars for you, if you want to pull off a notorious prank. Even after having a wide array of features waiting to be ordered, played and enjoyed with, Alexa still remains a music box, left unexplored and inexperienced. Here are 8 Alexa tips for music junkies, who wish to explore the true genius of Amazon’s flagship product:

Multi-Music Room: One Echo is good, but several Echos are a brilliant rhythm. Echo devices support the multi-room audio function which permits music enthusiasts to stream music simultaneously over multiple speakers further making it practical for people to outfit their homes with Amazon smart speaker. Music geeks can play audio from TuneIn, Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Sirius XM over multiple speakers.

Create playlists: Although creating a playlist ability by Alexa can only be exploited if you have Amazon music subscription and since this is fairly a new feature, you will have to struggle your way out with other music apps like Spotify for Android. This means that if you are a Spotify user, then you will have to resort to creating the playlist from your computer or your phone. In order to curate a playlist on Alexa, announce the following commands:

“Alexa, create a new playlist.”

“Alexa, add this song to my [X name] playlist.”

“Alexa, create a ‘Work’ playlist.”

It should be noted that, if you want to remove songs from the playlist or rename a playlist, you will have to depend on Amazon’s music application.

Play your own selection of music: Not all fun is restricted to Amazon Music application, users can listen to their own selection while using Bluetooth. To pair your phone or laptop with Alexa, just say “Alexa, Bluetooth” or “Alexa, pair”. Set your phone to pair and enjoy your personalized music.

Get all the latest music with music news: Having a music or music events update comes naturally to any music enthusiast. To keep a track of all the latest news from the music industry, take instant assistance from Alexa. You can add “Flash Briefing” and “Today music skill” to your Echo device and create or set a routine to play Flash Briefing anytime during the day. To listen to the latest music news, manually, order “Alexa, what’s the news?” or “Alexa, play my Flash Briefing”.

Create your own customized music alarm: With Amazon’s Echo, you can wake up to music as well. Music alarms can be set up through Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM and TuneIn. How to create your personalized music alarm:

“Alexa, wake me up to Ed Sheeran–Perfect.”

“Alexa, wake me up to meditative music.”

“Alexa set an alarm to CNET on TuneIn.”

“Alexa set an alarm to pop and rock music.”

Find all the relative music: Music shuffling is another evident music feature sponsored by Alexa. If you are tired of listening to the same music, then you ask Alexa to shuffle the music or find similar music in sync with your own playlist or music choices played on Echo before. Say something like “Alexa, play similar music to Haunted by Beyonce”. This works for both similar artists and songs.

Change your default music service: Not everyone is a fan of Amazon subscription-based music service. Take a few seconds and change your own default music streaming service. Open your Alexa application on the phone and change music service to iHeart Radio, Spotify, Pandora or TuneIn under default music library.

You can also find other music skills under Alexa Trivia, found under Echo application on your phone. Finds decades of music under “music trivia” skill. Not only music, but you can also explore games and play with your friends and family. With more than a few music skills to explore and enjoyed with Alexa, Echo remains the number one music assistant for every music geek. Share and entertain.

If you enjoy what you read on this site – feel free to donate and show your support…click to donate any amount you like, every little helps – and don’t forget to download the App!

Looking for the perfect gift for a music lover like you – check out My First Record for a poptastic present!

Advertisements

Written by Steve

I’m Steve and live in a village called Alford (home of Emeli Sande & birthplace of the Aberdeen Angus cow) in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. I currently work in the IT industry (yawn) I just want to share my ideas, findings and general reflections with whoever wants to listen.