The obvious answer is that Amazon is planning to update the Echo with a new model just in time for the holiday season and to compete with Apple's HomePod, which is set to release later this year. The new "Alexa, Play My Music Everywhere" voice command is available starting today. The feature is called Alexa Multi-Room Music, and as its name implies, allows you to synchronize music playback with two or more Echo devices.
Along with the deal, Amazon's also offering up tips on how students can use Alexa's voice controls for music. For example, some are compatible with the Spotify app so you can control your music from your speakers. Support for Siri would be fantastic, but given that Apple's about to come out with a speaker it specifically described as a rival to Sonos, that seems unlikely.
The voice-activated assistant software, which mostly lives in Amazon's Echo speakers and the miniaturized Echo Dot, can be told to create groups for two or more Echo devices, linking together the devices in a certain room or area.
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Amazon Echo, Dot, Show, and Tap owners are eligible for Music Unlimited on their Alexa-enabled device for only $3.99/month by signing up through Alexa, but are then limited to using it on a single device.
Multi-room audio is a pretty big addition for the Amazon Echo. Sonos quite obviously desires the voice control functionality that Amazon Echo has, while Amazon wants the multi-room playback functionality that Sonos had. The company has confirmed it plans to work with Sonos, Bose, Sound United, and Samsung to enable these APIs to work on their speaker products.
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