Amazon Echo Devices Gain Multi-Room Audio Functionality

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Amazon has one neat trick to get you to listen to their Music Unlimited streaming service.

For example, consumers can ask, "Alexa, play pop music for focusing", if you're looking to hone in on your school work.

Now that your group is setup, all you have to say is, "Alexa, play Gangstarr on upstairs", and all group Echo members will fire up your favorite Gangstarr tracks.

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This new multi-room music feature is available now for users in the US, UK, and Germany on Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show devices.

Can't remember the name of a song you just heard? Soon, this ability will be extended to control multi-room music on other connected speakers using simply your voice. All you need to do to begin using multi-room music is open the Alexa App and begin designating groups of two or more Echo devices. So, if you have three Echo devices and two other Alexa-connected speakers from a different brand, for instance, you'll eventually be able to synchronize music across all five devices. But there's a caveat: The multi-room music feature is only available in three countries at the moment: the USA, the United Kingdom and Germany.

Now, we don't know for sure that an Amazon Echo refresh is coming, but it sure would make sense.

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In line to pick up an Amazon Echo? Amazon's latest SDK and APIs are meant to further promote the tech giant's smart home ecosystem and attract more developers to its offerings, promising them ease of development and a large user base. Amazon's products cost less and offer smarter features, thanks to the Alexa voice assistant, but Sonos still has a leg-up with audio quality. Multi-room audio, that is.

"We're thrilled to integrate Alexa multi-room audio with Samsung speakers", said Jun Young Kim, Vice President of AV Business Team, Samsung. On the other hand, Apple Music also has Siri, which can perform numerous same commands to get you listening to what you want to in a timely manner.

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