Amazon Is Courting Millennials With A Student Discount On Music Streaming

30 August, 2017, 01:25 | Author: Lorena Waters
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August 29, 2017- (NASDAQ: AMZN)-Amazon today announced an all-new Alexa feature that lets you control and synchronize music across multiple Amazon Echo devices in your home. The new "Alexa, Play My Music Everywhere" voice command is available starting today. Once that's done - say you've added all of the speakers on your lower floor to the same "downstairs" group - you only need to say "Alexa, play Frank Sinatra downstairs" to have the silky tones of Ol' Blue Eyes begin playing across all speakers in the group.

You might set an Echo and an Echo Dot in your bedroom and an office, for example, and name the group "upstairs". In the future, users will be able to take advantage of this feature on other connected speakers as well, Amazon says.

For the time being, Echo devices such as the Dot, Echo Show, and the flagship Echo, only supports synchronized music from music services like Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Pandora. Simply use the Alexa App to create groups with two or more Echo devices by naming the group, such as "downstairs".

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Amazon Music Unlimited (for students) is available in the USA starting today for the low-low price of $4.99 per month.

Amazon has also been aggressively and frequently discounting the smart speaker of late, slicing it in half for Prime Day and cutting $70 off the sticker price as part of yesterday's festivities.

A day after making its Whole Foods debut, the original Echo is no longer for sale from Amazon's site, a move that could indicate the imminent arrival of a new device. The $179 Amazon Echo is out of stock on Amazon right now, which could either be the result of a perfectly innocent sale, or a sign that Amazon has ditched stock ahead of a refresh. The tools will be available to developers "early next year". Some of the companies that will incorporate the tool into their products include Sonos, Bose, Sound United, and Samsung. The APIs are now available in developer preview.

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