Amazon Echo devices gain multi-room music feature

Tomas Mccoy
August 30, 2017

Starting today in the US, UK and Germany, you can sync those speakers up for whole-home audio playback, or tell one speaker to play music on another. So, users with Echo devices and other Alexa-enabled speakers will be able to use them together to play music. Support for Spotify is "coming soon" says Amazon.

One tiny tell could be how the Echo's now listed on Amazon's site: it's showing as "Unavailable", rather than just "Out of stock - ships in 10-15 days", which is the usual. Afterwards, you can simply say "Alexa, play Dave Matthews Band downstairs", and music will play from both speakers, fully synchronized so that you should have to worry about "echo" effects. For devices that haven't developed their own way to do this, Amazon has also rolled out the Multi-Room Music software development kit (SDK). The tools will be available to developers "early next year". "We're proud of the work we've done together as Amazon's first multi-room partner - all you'll need is an Alexa-enabled device and playing music out loud on Sonos will be as easy as saying 'Alexa, play music in the living room'". 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.

"Sound United is constantly striving to provide consumers with the best possible user experience".

To set up multi-room audio, head to settings in the Alexa app. Scroll down until you find Audio Groups and select Multi-Room Music. Just ask, "Alexa, play classical music for studying", or "Alexa, play pop music for focusing".

This is a big move against Sonos, which has established itself as the go-to multi-room speaker system.

Follow these steps to stream music across multiple Echo speakers.

Echo Tap, Fire TV, Echo, and Echo Dot.

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