Amazon adds multiroom audio control to Echo devices

Janie Parker
August 30, 2017

If you own more than one of Amazon's Echo speakers, you can now sync them up so they are playing the same song in multiple rooms. Support for Spotify is "coming soon" says Amazon.

Set-up is simple. You create a "Group" and include all the Echo devices you'd like included. 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.

Amazon has one neat trick to get you to listen to their Music Unlimited streaming service. In the future, Amazon plans to extend this feature to support other non-Echo connected speakers.

Also announced today is Amazon's Connected Speaker APIs, which will let you use Alexa to control connected audio systems.

All you need to add Alexa and voice control to your home is Amazon's $45 Echo Dot. The tools will be released sometime in early 2018. Once you've done that, you'll be able to tell Alexa to play music on a specific speaker by using its name, a la "Alexa, play Beyonce in the kitchen". It'll also have better sound technology, thanks to several tweeters, and better microphone technology.

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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. The new "Alexa, Play My Music Everywhere" voice command is available starting today.

"We're thrilled to integrate Alexa multi-room audio with Samsung speakers", said Jun Young Kim, Vice President of AV Business Team, Samsung.

Follow these steps to stream music across multiple Echo speakers.

Device makers can learn more about the new AVS developer tools here.

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

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