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Amazon Alexa Adds New Music Skills, TIDAL

image from images-na.ssl-images-amazon.comAmazon unveiled a slew of new and improved Alexa voice controlled devices on Monday, and with them came new music related services, features and skills.  Here's a roundup of new Alexa music services and skills:

New Music Service – TIDAL

Later this year, global music streaming platform TIDAL will be available on all Echo devices.

image from images-na.ssl-images-amazon.comSelf-service Music API

Tidal leverages the new Music Skill API also announced today. Learn more about the developer benefits of the new, self-service Music Skill API: 

www.developer.amazon.com/blogs/alexa/

Left-Right Stereo Pairing

With the new left-right stereo pairing feature, you can connect two of the same, supported Echo devices for stereo sound.

Amazon Music New Release Notifications

With Amazon Music’s New Release Notifications, customers will soon be able to ask Alexa to follow their favorite artist, and receive notifications on their Echo device or within the Amazon Music mobile app when an artist releases a new album or track. After asking to hear the new album or track, customers will also hear some of artists’ voices delivering the message themselves on their Echo.

Overlapping Groups

With overlapping groups, you can add one Echo device to several multi-room music groups. For example, the Echo in your kitchen can be included in both the “Kitchen” group for daily listening, and the “Downstairs” group when you’re having friends over on the weekend.

Preferred Speaker Setup

Set your preferred speaker for music playback in your Alexa app—be it an Echo device, a third-party AVS speaker, or a multi-room music group. When you want to play music in that space, simply say “Alexa, play rock music” and it will stream from your preferred speaker.

New Video Services for Echo Show

Integrations with Fire TV Recast, Hulu, and NBC will make live TV viewing and on-demand streaming available on any Echo Show. Simply say “Alexa, watch Good Morning America” to watch the news with your morning coffee, or “Alexa, tune to ESPN on Hulu” to catch up with your favorite sports team. 

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