Amazon's Alexa has proven to be quite the DJ, picking out stations for big nights out and lazy days. But what if you want something a little more... you?
If you want to create your very own playlist using Alexa, and make changes to it once you realize you haven't added enough of The Cars (because spoiler: you haven't) - you can. It's not too difficult either.
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Below, we'll walk you through how to create and edit your playlists with Alexa.
How to create a playlist with Alexa
First things first, you're going to need to make sure that you have Amazon Music. Unfortunately, creating a playlist with Alexa is only available with Amazon's own service. - Spotify, Apple Music and other music service subscribers are out of luck here.
Once you make sure you have that, the rest is pretty easy. Make sure the Amazon Music skill is blaring and then just say the following.
1. Say "Alexa, create a new playlist."
2. Alexa will ask you to name the playlist.
3. Name the playlist.
See? Easy. Once you do that, your playlist is all named and ready to go. Congratulations.
Of course, you can also get more specific with it if you like. You can name your playlist whatever you like. Here are some examples:
"Alexa, create a 'road trip' playlist."
"Alexa, create a 'morning smoothies' playlist."
"Alexa, create a 'super sleep' playlist."
"Alexa, create a 'party time' playlist."
How to edit a playlist with Alexa
Editing a playlist is another matter, and it's not as fully featured as you'd hope. It can only be done when listening to a song with either Amazon Prime Music or Amazon Music Unlimited. When you're listening to a tune and you're really digging it, just do the following:
1. Say "Alexa, add this song to my playlist."
2. Alexa will ask which playlist to add the song to.
3. Choose the playlist.
Voila! You've added a song to your playlist. Now, deleting a song from a playlist is currently impossible. In fact, if you ask Alexa to delete a song it'll get confused. So if you want to delete songs from your playlist, you'll have to do it manually via the Amazon Music app or via the web.
Regardless, a hearty congratulations is in order. You now know how to create and edit music playlists with Alexa.
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