Amazon adds music, podcasts and radio to Alexa Routines

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Alexa adds music and radio to Routines

Amazon has added the ability to play music and podcasts as part of Alexa Routines, as it looks to make its smart home schedules even smarter.

Just hours after we penned our guide to using Alexa Routines – and lambasted the inability to add music and audio to your carefully crafted smart home creations – Amazon added the feature. Let’s just all agree they were reading The Ambient.

You can now add music from your preferred streaming service, as well as podcasts and radio stations via the TuneIn skill.

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So why is this significant? Well, Alexa Routines offer one-word control over devices in your smart home. Unlike Groups, which just controls multiple bulbs, plugs and other devices in one go, Routines offers much finer control. It also matches Google Home, which has had music as part of its own Routines feature since it went live in March.

While a Group might offer you the ability to say “Alexa, turn downstairs lights off” to kill all the lamps and fittings, a Routine enables fine control. A Routine could be “Alexa, bedtime” which might turn off the downstairs light group, meanwhile switching on the bedroom lights, dimming them to a cosy 20%, turning the heating off – and now thanks to this update – switch on some relaxing music.

The new Routines are rolling out slowly, so it may take you a few days to see the option within your Alexa app.

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2 comments

  • skipsmarter

    Not in the UK. I tackled Amazon Support about this last night and was told: 

    "I'm sorry, currently there is no option to set up routines for music in UK.

    I will consider your query as a feedback. I wish I could make this feature available for you now, I do understand how convenient it would be for all our customers if this feature become available.

    I've taken it as an improvement factor and have forwarded it to the developments and feedback team and I am really sure that they would be glad to know that our customers are also working towards the improvements in the Alexa and are coming up with their own suggestions on how the Alexa can be improved."

    • j.stables

      Yeah, this is still rolling out, but will be here soon we're told. Amazon always launch US first, but never stays exclusive for long.

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