Amazon Confirms Alexa Routines’ Musical Upgrade


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Amazon recently announced a musical upgrade to Alexa Routines -- a feature that lets users control their smart home or accomplish multiple tasks in a single command. Beginning today, Routines can include music from a certain station, album, playlist, artist, or even streaming service.

If previously, Routines can only accomplish tasks, such as adjusting the temperature of the thermostat, locking the door, changing the color of the smart bulbs, and controlling a handful of other gadgets, Amazon has updated the feature to support music playback.

Users of Echo device can now add music from their favorite artist or preferred music streaming service, including TuneIn, Deezer, SAAVN, Spotify, Pandora, and Amazon Music. Amazon also claims that users can control the audio output and make a volume action on the device. This upgrade has the potential to make routines more useful to those who like music in their home regularly. For instance, a user can set the “Good morning” routine that turns on the light and coffee maker, then start playing an upbeat song.

The electronic commerce company recommends users to set up the routine via Alexa app on iOS or Android, select the settings, scroll down to accounts, and tap Routines. There are options for “At scheduled time,” “When you say something,” and “When this happens.”