Amazon's Alexa now lets you control music in multiple rooms

Amazon's Alexa now lets you control music in multiple rooms

Last month, word got out that Amazon was working on a premium version of the device, set to take on Apple's HomePod, with improved sound, a cloth covering and a smaller footprint.

The online retail giant revealed a new feature on Tuesday for its Internet-connected speaker that lets people play music in certain areas of their homes. Amazon is also releasing an SDK so that third-party speakers can also be used with Multi-Room Music. Starting today, you can target music to a specific Echo device or a group of devices-just ask.

Amazon announced a rather huge addition for its Echo family of smart speakers today.

The feature allows users to play songs from Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Pandora, with support for Spotify and SiriusXM coming soon.

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To get started, you will first need to fire up the Amazon Alexa app and create a group that contains two or more Echo devices. So, users with Echo devices and other Alexa-enabled speakers will be able to use them together to play music. We're guessing that Sonos might be at least a little anxious about this, especially considering recent rumors that the company looking to launch an Alexa-based smart speaker of its own. The Echo is a big part of Amazon's hardware business so it's rare for this product to go out of stock. The tech will now work in the United Kingdom and U.S. across Amazon Music and TuneIn. The tools will be released sometime in early 2018.

To utilize multi-room support, head on over to the Alexa app and create a group of two or more Echo devices.

"We're thrilled to integrate Alexa multi-room audio with Samsung speakers", said Jun Young Kim, Vice President of AV Business Team, Samsung. The APIs are now available in developer preview.

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