Alexa recently got a huge update that might have you playing a lot more music on your Amazon Echo. The latest native feature gives Amazon Prime and Amazon Music Unlimited users access to certain playlists using over 500 specific phrases.
With this new feature, not only can you ask Alexa to play a curated playlist, you can add super-specific information to get the perfect music to fit your exact mood.
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In its simplest form, just think of a certain situation or event and ask Alexa to play music for that situation. For example, you can ask:
- “Alexa, play a workout playlist.”
- “Alexa, play music for driving.”
- “Alexa, play music for the beach.”
You can get more creative with the situations. There’s just about everything you could think of, including a baby-making playlist. (The commands are apparently based on what Amazon Echo users have been saying to their smart device.)
Another example request is a situation-relevant genre of music:
- “Alexa, play rock music for a workout.”
- “Alexa, play jazz music for dancing.”
And you can add adjectives to the genre:
- “Alexa, play soothing jazz music.”
- “Alexa, play funky pop music.”
Bizarrely enough, Amazon doesn’t appear to have published a list of these commands, so you’re going to have to experiment with various commands and see what sticks.
What are your favorite curated playlists on Amazon? Let us know in the comments.