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September 26, 2019

How to Best Play Music on Your Voice Assistant

Playing music is huge for voice. Particularly in the car – the #1 type of use there. But it’s big outside of the car too. This cnet article provides some tips for music lovers – here’s a select few from that:

1. Change the “default” music to whatever music service you like to use the most. For me, I love Spotify. So I changed my default to that. There are other alternatives that you can select as your default including Pandora and iHeartRadio.

2. You can ask your voice assistant for similar music if you feel like exploring. For example, “Alexa, play music similar to Fat Freddy’s Drop.” This works for both similar songs & artists.

3. Creating playlists by voice only works if you’re using the default that Amazon provides – it’s own streaming music. But if you have playlists on your Spotify account, etc., you can ask for those by voice. You just can’t modify them by voice.

4. You can essentially set up a Sonos-like framework by using multiple voice assistants in your house, spread out in different rooms. Now that is a real cost-saver! [Per this note, you can also use Alexa with your Sonos system.]

5. You can have Alexa wake you up to music – “Alexa, wake me up to Santana.”