Amazon launches multi-room audio for Echo devices

Amazon launches multi-room audio for Echo devices

Well enough that if I were Sonos I would be feeling the Bezos death grip a little harder today. Doing so will allow customers to play their music across supported Echo and AVS devices-for example, a customer with three Echo devices and two standalone AVS speakers can play synchronized music across all five devices. In this case, "Everywhere". Once you've created the group, simply say "Alexa, play Taylor Swift downstairs". "Listening to great music on Samsung speakers has never been easier".

If you need a new Echo device or two to build out your new multi-room audio setup, you can get an Echo Dot for $44.99 (a $5 discount) or an Echo Show for $229.99. Just ask, "Alexa, play the song that goes 'Don't be afraid to catch feels, '" and Alexa will play "Feels" by Calvin Harris. / "Alexa, play EDM everywhere". It's a long-awaited move that has been expected since the low-priced Echo Dot launched and made it feasible for people to outfit their entire homes with Amazon's smart speaker.

Availability: US, UK, Germany. As far as I could tell all the Echo speakers remained in sync.

Amazon's Alexa can now beam music to a specific set of smart speakers in the home, opeing up the capability to blast country music upstairs while sparing the rock fan hanging out below.

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

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Another limitation that's a little unfortunate is the restriction of an Echo speaker to a single group.

The feature, which launches today, works with Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Pandora, according to the company.

Ever since Amazon launched the first Echo, people have been looking at Sonos - the biggest name in smart home speakers - and assuming that a competitor is coming.

When Bezos and team are gunning for you it's time to batten down the hatches and strategize fast. Apple's Siri can already do that.

Then again, Sonos has surivived this long, and faced challenges before. However, because Echo has been on sale so much, it might just be really out of stock.

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