If we start extolling about Alexa’s smart skills, then this could go on for a while. Alexa has always managed to make our lives simpler by helping us accomplish our everyday tasks in a much enhanced and smarter way. And so, goes true with music as well. Alexa has a bunch of special commands which can take your music listening experience to a whole new level. Earlier, when we had to listen to music in our home it used to be an overhead task when we had to pull out our phone, connect it with a Bluetooth speaker, pick a track and then play it. But on Alexa, you simply have to say the name of the song out loud to Alexa and it starts playing instantly.
As streaming music on Alexa happens to be one of its prime highlights, here are a few Alexa music tips and tricks that’ll allow you to make the most of your Alexa speaker. So, if you’re a full-time music enthusiast who wants to take music streaming on Alexa on to a next level these tips and tricks might help.
Let’s get started.
1. Set the Default Music Service
As there are a plethora of streaming options available out there including Spotify, iHeart Radio, Pandora and so on, you can take a minute and set a default music service on your Alexa speaker. If you haven’t changed this setting so far, then it stays to Amazon’s in-house services like Amazon Prime music or Amazon music unlimited. So, to alter this setting head on to Settings > Music & Media > Choose Default Music Service. Here you will find a Default music library option where you can pick your preference like Spotify or radio etc. Next time, whenever you want to play a song on Alexa simply say “Alexa, play [ Song’s name] on [Service name like Spotify, Prime music etc.]”.
2. Discover Music
Alexa offers you plenty of choices to discover new soundtracks from around the world. If you like a particular track way too much, then Alexa can help you find similar songs of the same genre. To do this mixing on Alexa, simply say “Alexa, play music similar to [song name]”. You can also pick artist’s name instead of song name in your search criteria.
3. Create New Playlists
Creating playlists on Alexa is a piece of cake. To create a new playlist on Alexa simply say “Hey Alexa, create a new playlist by name [Playlist name]. Now, whenever you need to add songs to this particular playlist simply say “Alexa, add [song name]to playlist”.
4. Multi-room Music
Alexa has a whole bunch of smart skills that you can use to enhance your music experience. Once such feature is multi-room audio functionality where you can listen to a single soundtrack on multiple Alexa speakers across your home. To access this feature head on to Settings> Multi-room music. Here you need to create a new group of all the available speakers so that Alexa can play a similar song on all speakers when asked.
5. Music Related News
If you’re full-fledged music junkie who likes to keep up with all news, current events of the music industry then here’s what you need to do. There’s one special Alexa skill known as “Today in music Skill” that you can add to your “Flash briefing” for keeping up with all music related news. Simply say “Alexa, play my flash briefing” to stay up-to-date with current news and music events.
6. Play Your Own Music
If you don’t wish to use any other online music streaming service on Alexa, then you can also try pairing your phone with Bluetooth. To pair your smartphone phone with Alexa, say, “Alexa, pair,” or “Alexa, Bluetooth.” Once your phone is paired with Alexa speaker you can play any already available tracks from your phone.
7. Music Alarm
What’s more amazing than waking up to your favorite music, right? Well, yes! You can use Alexa to set music alarms so that it wakes you up on the sound of your favorite soundtracks. Simply say “Alexa, wake me up to [Song name]”.
There were a few Alexa music tips and tricks that can take your music listening experience to a whole new level. Hope these tips and tricks will help you in long run to make the most of your smart speaker!