Multi Room Speaker
Amazon announced this week that its Amazon Echo units can now serve as a multi-room speaker system. Echo users can now synchronize music across devices in their home. Later, this feature will extend to controls for multi-room music on other connected speakers.
If you own more than one Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Show, you can ask all of them to play the same song in multiple rooms. Or, if you prefer, you can ask each one to play a different one.
“In just the last few months, we’ve added dozens of new features to Alexa that enhance your entertainment experience—control of Amazon Fire TV and your home entertainment systems via Echo; music lyrics, Amazon Video, and movie trailers on Echo Show; and activity-based music searches—and we’re just getting started,” said Toni Reid, Vice President, Amazon Alexa.
“Today, we’re making Alexa even smarter with an all-new feature that lets you play music synchronized on multiple Echo devices to provide room-filling music throughout your home.”
You might set an Echo and an Echo Dot in your bedroom and an office, for example, and name the group “upstairs”. To play music, just say “Play Bruce Springsteen upstairs”. The feature will initially work with Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, and Pandora, and support for Spotify and SiriusXM is rolling out.
Amazon says it’s working with Sonos, Bose, Sound United, and Samsung to pioneer this technology.