Amazon launches multiroom music playback for Alexa

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For those with Echo devices in multiple rooms, you'll now be able to play music on a specific device or group multiple speakers together.

Also note that Multi-Room Music does not yet support Spotify or Sirius XM and is now available only in the US, UK, and Germany.

Set-up is simple. You create a "Group" and include all the Echo devices you'd like included.

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Multi-room audio playback is available to Echo owners in the US, UK, and Germany on Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show devices. So, if you have an Echo in the kitchen and one in the den, you can create a group called "Downstairs", for example. Hopefully, that means support for at least Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant, although you could imagine Samusng pushing to get Bixby on there. This will be through the use of newly released Connected Speaker APIs from Amazon. Amazon is excited to be working with leading brands on this offering, including Sonos, Bose, Sound United, and Samsung. So, if you have three Echo devices and two other Alexa-connected speakers from a different brand, for instance, you'll eventually be able to synchronize music across all five devices.

The AVS developer tools will be available "early next year". Multi-room audio, that is.

However, as with other Alexa features, expect the functionality of Multi-Room Music to increase. Alexa will add any item to your Ocado basket simply by asking her to do so.

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This is a big move against Sonos, which has established itself as the go-to multi-room speaker system.

After that, it's music time, all over the house.

Follow these steps to stream music across multiple Echo speakers. The APIs are now available in developer preview.

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Echo Tap, Fire TV, Echo, and Echo Dot.

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