Amazon Music Adds Alexa Voice Control To Mobile Streaming App


Amazon musicAmazon today added Alexa voice control to its Amazon Music app. Early studies show that voice control could be the feature that accelerates mainstream adoption of streaming music.

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Alexa voice control is now available within the Amazon Music app on iOS and Android in the US, UK, Germany and Austria.

Users can ask for music based on genre, decade, mood, tempo, activity or lyrics, if they can’t remember the name of a song. With Alexa in the Amazon Music app, listeners can utilize the power and simplicity of voice functionality, wherever they are.  Examples:

  • Riding in the car and want to listen to that new song by your favorite artist that you just heard on the radio? Just use the push-to-talk feature and say, “Play the new song by Fifth Harmony,” and Alexa will play “He Like That.”
  • On your way to the Foo Fighters concert and want to hear their latest song? “Play the song that goes ‘Banging on the ceiling, banging on the ceiling, keep it down,’” and Alexa will play “The Sky is a Neighborhood” from the band’s latest release, Concrete and Gold.
  • Headed out the door for a run and want some tunes? “Play running music.”
  • Want to start your Monday morning commute off right? “Play morning music.” Once 5:00pm hits, “Play music for relaxing.”

“Amazon Music customers already know and love Alexa from listening on Echo devices,” stated Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music. “Now our mobile listeners can enjoy an entirely new app experience that combines the power and simplicity of Alexa voice controls with the visual richness of the Amazon Music app.”

To access Alexa within the updated Amazon Music app, use the push-to-talk function within the AmazonMusic app for iOS and Android on connected mobile devices and tablets.   Alexa is also available for Amazon Music customers on Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Amazon Tap, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Edition and Fire Tablets. Get more info here.

Google, Sonos & More

Early studies show that easy voice control could be the feature that accelerates mainstream consumer adoption of streaming music. Google’s voice system can already control its music services and Sonos is just week’s away from unveiling a high quality audio competitor that is will add some voice control of multiple music services.