Once in a group you can then start asking Alexa to play music: "Play Neil Diamond Everywhere". In the future, Amazon plans to extend this feature to support other non-Echo connected speakers. You might also elect to group downstairs separately from upstairs, or indoors from outdoors to give but a few examples of the flexibility of the new feature.
The discount on music streaming, which is normally $7.99 for Prime members and is only available to verified students at degree-granting college or universities in the United States and UK, comes a year after the company launched its "instant pickup" program, which allows students at five college campuses to pick up select items (stocked at the locations) within "two minutes" of ordering from the Amazon app.
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Set-up is simple. You create a "Group" and include all the Echo devices you'd like included. The tools will be available to developers "early next year".
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Alexa can now deliver multiroom audio. This has been a close collaboration from the beginning as we've worked together to combine the magic of Alexa with the seamless multi-room audio capabilities that Sonos pioneered. Multi-Room Music as Amazon calls works reasonably well. Users can set up multi-room playback on their Alexa app. The new "Alexa, Play My Music Everywhere" voice command is available starting today. "Listening to great music on Samsung speakers has never been easier".