Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Amazon's Alexa now has music alarms, just like your bedside radio

BBC Alexa The Alexa is on the table. He's not listening through the dog
Terence Owen | 12 December, 2017, 10:36

Once a skill is installed you can say things like "Alexa read the news or Alexa my Spotify Playlist". Alexa can stream radio channels from the likes of TuneIn and iHeartRadio.

If you're still on the fence about which music streaming service to subscribe to (or if you're thinking about switching) and if you live somewhere in Europe and South America, another player has dropped into your lap, or rather your fingers.

The new functionality is available to Alexa users now. Once enabled through the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet, you can ask an Echo device for a specific BBC Radio station or podcast.

A variety of voice commands can be used to set up these alarms.

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Since first launching in the United States in October of 2016, Amazon Music Unlimited has expanded to the UK, Germany, Austria, Japan and more, transforming music streaming with the ability to just ask Alexa to play music by voice and creating the most natural listening environment for millions of subscribers.

As such, the BBC has promised more from the Skill as time goes on - with the aforementioned interactive drama, 'The Inspection Chamber', being one example.

If you're an Amazon Music subscriber, you get a few extra features on top of this. You can ask Alexa to wake you based on a mood (like "relaxing"), or find a wake-up song by reciting the lyrics.

The plans available are known as Echo (cheapest, with access to the Amazon Music Unlimited catalog on a single Echo Dot, Echo Plus, or Echo), Individual (one of up to 10 devices at a time), and Family (up to six household members sharing a subscription).

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