Amazon Adds Multi-Room Audio Support for Echo Devices

Posted Thu Aug 31, 2017 at 11:00 AM PDT by
Amazon Echo

Multi-room support is now available on Echo products.

Amazon has announced the addition of a new multi-room Alexa feature. The update enables users to control and synchronize music over multiple Echo products throughout a customer's home.

"In just the last few months, we've added dozens of new features to Alexa that enhance your entertainment experience—control of Amazon Fire TV and your home entertainment systems via Echo; music lyrics, Amazon Video, and movie trailers on Echo Show; and activity-based music searches—and we're just getting started," said Toni Reid, Vice President, Amazon Alexa. "Today, we're making Alexa even smarter with an all-new feature that lets you play music synchronized on multiple Echo devices to provide room-filling music throughout your home."

With Alexa multi-room support, Echo owners can now use the Alexa App to create groups with two or more Echo devices allowing synchronized music streaming.  After a group is named, users can then simply ask Alexa to play music in that area or cluster. Currently supported services include Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Pandora. Likewise, support for Spotify and SiriusXM will be added soon.

The new multi-room feature is now available on Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show devices in the US, UK, and Germany. And beyond support for Echo products, Amazon has also announced new tools for manufacturers to implement Alexa multi-room support and voice control capabilities into their own speakers. Brands set to use the tech include Sonos, Bose, Sound United, and Samsung.

"We're thrilled to integrate Alexa multi-room audio with Samsung speakers," said Jun Young Kim, Vice President of AV Business Team, Samsung. "With Alexa multi-room audio and Samsung, customers will simply be able to ask Alexa to play their favorite music in any room of the house – using only their voice. Listening to great music on Samsung speakers has never been easier."

Source: Amazon

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