Amazon Alexa can now synchronize music across multiple Echo devices

alexa
Music filling every room in the house is an audiophile’s dream. Thanks to Amazon Alexa, that dream is finally about to come true. A new Alexa feature now allows users to control and synchronize music across multiple Echo devices around the home. In order to play music on a specific Echo or a group of them, all users have to do is ask. For those without an Echo, Amazon will soon bring this ability to other smart speakers running Alexa.

The update comes to Amazon’s Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show. Current support for music synchronization includes such streaming services as Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Pandora, with support for Spotify and SiriusXM coming soon. In order to create a group with two or more Echo devices, users must use the Alexa app and name the new group. For example, if a group is named “downstairs,” users can play music through the entire group by saying, “Alexa, play John Mayer downstairs.” Multiroom music can now be used on Echo devices throughout the U.S., U.K., and Germany.

In addition to updating its own Echo devices, Amazon has also announced two new sets of tools to allow developers to bring multiroom music control to other smart speakers. By using the Alexa Voice Service (AVS), new tools allow stand-alone AVS speakers to sync up with updated Echo devices. These tools will be available to developers early next year.

Other new tools enable device manufacturers to allow Alexa to work through their connected audio equipment. For example, a user can direct any Alexa-enabled device to play music through their connected audio systems. Amazon is already working with top brands such as Sonos, Bose, Sound United, and Samsung. Developers can preview these tools right now.

In just the past few months, Amazon has updated Alexa to create a more seamless entertainment experience. Past updates include controlling Amazon Fire TV and home entertainment systems through Echo; pulling up music lyrics, Amazon Video, and movie trailers through Echo Show; and searching for music based on activity.

Deals

Here are the best Amazon Echo and Google Home deals for Black Friday

Google Home and Amazon Echo smart speakers compete head to head when it comes to smart home tech. Whether you're a fan of Alexa or Google Home, we've found the best prices on your favorite smart home devices.
Smart Home

Plus, Dot, Spot, Show? Which Amazon Echo is the way to go?

Not sure just what Amazon Echo device with Alexa voice assistant you're looking for? Whether you're looking for great sound, smart home control, or a screened device, we've got you covered. Here are all the Amazon Echo devices, what they…
Smart Home

Amazon has a huge team dedicated to enhancing Alexa and Echo

An Amazon executive on Tuesday, November 13 revealed the huge size of the team that's tasked with developing the Echo, the company's smart speaker, and Alexa, the digital assistant that powers it.
Smart Home

You can now use Amazon Echo Buttons to set up multitasking Routines

Amazon announced that its Echo Buttons now work with Routines. You can craft custom Routines — multiple tasks performed together — and have Alexa carry out the command for you when you hit the Echo Button.
Smart Home

Hello Fresh vs. Blue Apron: Which meal-delivery service is better?

To save time in the kitchen, some busy people order takeout, some look to devices like slow cookers and pressure cookers, and others try home-delivery meal services. These days, you have several meal-delivery services to choose from if you…
Smart Home

Smart speakers used primarily for music and information — and shopping

A survey of Alexa and Google Home users shows most people use their devices for core functions and had issues discovering third-party apps. A significant number of people use their device for shopping.
Product Review

It's not a spy, but you still won't want to friend Facebook's Portal+

Facebook has jumped into the smart home game with the Portal+, a video-calling device featuring an Amazon Alexa speaker and a screen. While it has lots of cool calling features, we’re weary of Facebook taking up counter space in our home.
Deals

All the best Target Black Friday deals for 2018

The mega-retailer opens its doors to the most competitive shoppers at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 22, and signs indicate that the retailer means business this year. We've sifted through all of the deals, from consumer electronics to small…
Deals

The best iRobot Roomba deals to make cleaning your home a breeze

Keep your home clean without lifting a finger using a robot vacuum cleaner. These nine iRobot Roomba deals not only help you keep your home tidy, but many also come with advanced features such as automatic scheduling and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Smart Home

Abode System’s Iota DIY home security kit is now available

Abode Systems has an all-in-one security kit called Iota, and it's on sale now. It features a 1080p camera, motion sensor, and on-board Wi-Fi and ethernet so it can stay connected no matter where you put it.
Smart Home

All the best Amazon Black Friday deals for 2018

Amazon may be an online-only retailer, but that doesn’t mean its Black Friday sales are anything to sniff at. In fact, due to its online status, Amazon has huge flexibility with the range of products and deals it can offer. Here's our…
Deals

The Best Black Friday Deals from Best Buy in 2018

We've been hard at work assembling all the best Black Friday deals Best Buy offers in 2018 and putting them in one place to save you time and money this holiday season. From laptops to TVs, game consoles to smart speakers and much more…
Smart Home

Amazon will bring a 7-foot-tall Christmas tree to your doorstep starting today

If you have fond memories of going out with your family and searching for the perfect Christmas tree, well, Amazon wants to create its own holiday tradition. Starting today, you can order a real, 7-foot tree from Amazon.
Smart Home

Pandora Premium joins Alexa’s Amazon dance party today

There are quite a few streaming services that work with Amazon's Alexa but a big one just got added when the company integrated access to Pandora Premium into its smart assistant and smart speakers.