Amazon has finally added multi-room audio support to its Echo devices, allowing users to simultaneously stream music over multiple speakers in their homes. This means you can now pump the jams from one Echo device, or a group of them, using simple voice controls. Amazon calls the new feature Multi-Room Music.
Amazon is working to make Alexa and the Echo essential tools for managing the home, adding to their digital skillset and opening up tools for other companies to plug into Alexa's voice commands.
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To set up multi-room audio, head to settings in the Alexa app. Scroll down until you find Audio Groups and select Multi-Room Music. "Soon, users will be able to play their favorite song, alter the volume, or change an input in any room where our connected products are placed, simply by asking Alexa to do so".
After that, it's music time, all over the house.
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