AirPlay and Chromecast allow you to easily stream music from your phone to your other devices, like HomePod, Apple TV and, well, regular TV. Alexa's lack of this ability used to be a big downside to Amazon's ecosystem, but no longer.
Amazon recently announced Alexa Cast, which allows you to do exactly that. So if you arrive home from your commute, listening to your favourite playlist, you can just start streaming it to your Echo devices.
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First things first, you'll need to be either an Amazon Prime Music or Amazon Music Unlimited subscriber to use this feature. Next, you'll need to make sure your Amazon Music app is fully updated. Once you're done doing those two things, we can get started.
1. Open the Amazon Music app.
2. Play some music.
3. Swipe up on the song that's playing.
4. Click on the Alexa Cast icon in the lower right corner.
5. Choose your Echo device.
6. Enjoy your music.
Now, it's important to note that if you've got an iPhone or Android phone you'll also see other streaming options here. So if you've got an iPhone you'll likely see an AirPlay option, which will take you to the traditional AirPlay menu. Ditto for Chromecast.
You'll just need to choose your Echo device to start streaming. If you've got a couple of Echos in your home, you'll have to choose which one you want to play your music on. If you've got multi-room music set up you can also stream to all your Echo devices at the same time.
Once you've Alexa Casted your music, you'll be able to control it from your phone or from Alexa. Either way, everything should sync up nicely. All of this is pretty seamless, and it doesn't feel like your phone is streaming anything to your Echo.
Once your music is playing on your Echo, you can use your Echo and Alexa to command it. You can tell it to pause, raise the volume, or even change the song. You can also reverse the process.
So if your Echo is already playing music, you can open up the Amazon Music app, click on that Alexa Cast logo and click on your Echo device. You'll then be notified that your Echo is already playing music, and it'll ask you whether you want to see what's playing or change the song.
If you see what's playing, your app will sync up with what your Echo is playing and allow you to control it from your smartphone. Should you want to disconnect from your devices, just do the following.
1. Open the Amazon Music app.
2. Click the Alexa Cast logo.
3. Click Disconnect next to your device.
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