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Alexa is now available right from within the Amazon Music app on Android and iOS. Previously, Alexa could control your tunes via one of Amazon’s many hardware devices, including its Echo range. But she has now been given a new home in the Amazon Music app on your smartphone as well.
I use Alexa to play music every single day, and have done since buying my Amazon Echo. However, this is only possible when I’m at home, and when I’m out and about I have to resort to actually searching for songs by hand. Thankfully, this extremely first world problem is no longer an issue…
Using Alexa Within the Amazon Music App
You can now use Alexa right from within the Amazon Music app on Android and on iOS in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria. Previously you would have to manually search for artists, songs, or playlists when using the mobile app, but Alexa can now take care of everything for you.
Amazon’s Steve Boom said, “Amazon Music customers already know and love Alexa from listening on Echo devices. 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.”
All you need to do to summon Alexa is press the push-to-talk function within the Amazon Music app. You can then ask Alexa to play specific artists, songs, genres, or playlists. All completely hands-free using nothing but your voice. Which could prove to be invaluable when you’re driving, for example.
In its press release outlining the integration of Alexa, Amazon suggests asking her to “Play the new song by Fifth Harmony,” “Play classic rock for cardio,” “Play music for relaxing,” and even “Play Coldplay from the 2000s”. While it may work I’m afraid we cannot condone that last command.
Move Over Siri, Alexa Is Queen Bee Now
Alexa is, in many ways, outshining Siri these days. Siri was once the personal assistant everyone wanted to have in their pocket, but Alexa is now Queen Bee. Her ability to find and play songs within the Amazon Music app is just the cherry on top of the icing of her already delicious cake.
Do you listen to music through the Amazon Music app? If so, will you now make use of Alexa? Under what circumstances can you see yourself asking Alexa to play music? Are personal assistants such as Alexa making us all lazy? Please let us know in the comments below!