Amazon has finally introduced a new feature for its Echo devices dubbed “Multi-room music” that allows you to simultaneously stream music to multiple speakers at your home. It’s the most-awaited move since the launch of low-cost Echo Dot. Today, we’ll show you how to set up multi room music playback with Amazon Echo. Read on to know more about this latest feature.
This new multi-room music feature helps you group multiple Amazon Echo devices for synchronized music streaming in every room. For now, you can only play music streams from Amazon’s own music services, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn, but Amazon says support for Spotify and Sirius XM will be coming soon. In addition, the company also says it will launch new developer tools for speaker makers who want to make their devices compatible with multi-room playback.
Alexa Voice Service and Multi-Room Music enable device manufacturers to integrate with Amazon Alexa Multi-Room Music; this tool will be available later this year.
Set Up Multi Room Music Playback with Amazon Echo
If you own multiple Echo speakers then follow the steps listed below to set up multi room music playback with Amazon Echo.
- Go to the Settings menu in the Alexa app
- You need to scroll down until you find Audio Groups and select Multi-Room Music. You’ll get a list of compatible devices that can have their audio synced together
- The app will then prompt you to create a group, making it easier to control music playback by saying things like “Alexa play music downstairs” rather than calling individual speakers.
- Once you’ve created groups, your setup process is complete
This way, Amazon Echo devices can handle music playback across multiple rooms. Using multi-room audio is as simple as everything else with Amazon Echo, just say where you’d like to play the music. If you say “Play Justin Timberlake” followed by the name of your group, this way you will activate the music in your desired location and so far it’s worked flawlessly.
If you like enjoying the ease of use that multi-room audio support provides but would like to utilize it with better speakers like Sonos, well you should not have to wait much longer. Furthermore, Amazon has also released a new API for developers that will help companies like Samsung and Sonos control their home speakers with Alexa.
Amazon has launched another API to help third-party Alexa speakers operate within the multi-room music playback setup as well. Customers in the US, UK, and Germany can start using multi-room music on their Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show devices.
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