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Amazon Echo adds multi-room speaker support

by Sean P. Aune | August 29, 2017August 29, 2017 9:30 am EST

Amazon has added yet another new feature to its Echo devices which is going to make companies such as Sonos a tad nervous.

The original Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show all received a new feature on Tuesday which will allow you to use them as a multi-room speaker system. Using Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Pandora – support is coming for Spotify and SiriusXM – you will now be able to have Echos in multiple rooms play the same music track. This can be accomplished by placing your Echos into groupings and saying a command such as “Alexa, play Taylor Swift downstairs.”

“In just the last few months, we’ve added dozens of new features to Alexa that enhance your entertainment experience—control of Amazon Fire TV and your home entertainment systems via Echo; music lyrics, Amazon Video, and movie trailers on Echo Show; and activity-based music searches—and we’re just getting started,” said Toni Reid, Vice President, Amazon Alexa. “Today, we’re making Alexa even smarter with an all-new feature that lets you play music synchronized on multiple Echo devices to provide room-filling music throughout your home.”

Multi-room speaker support has been an expensive proposition over the years, and with the support now added to the Echo devices the barrier to entry has been lowered considerably. While the Echo devices don’t offer the same sound quality as say the Sonos line, the cost is definitely going to make up for some of that loss.

Head over to Alexa app and start creating those groups!

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...