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In a press release released today, Amazon announced an all-new Alexa feature "that lets you control and synchronize music across multiple Amazon Echo devices in your home".

One thing I did notice is that if you have an external Bluetooth speaker paired with your Echo (I have a small Sony one connected to an Echo Dot) it will drop the connection when playing in Multi-Room Music mode.

The feature, which launches today, works with Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Pandora, according to the company. For devices that haven't developed their own way to do this, Amazon has also rolled out the Multi-Room Music software development kit (SDK).

The AVS developer tools will be available "early next year". All it took was perambulating up from my bedroom to command Alexa "order Dominos" to get a pie delivered to my door. Amazon's products cost less and offer smarter features, thanks to the Alexa voice assistant, but Sonos still has a leg-up with audio quality. Unfortunately, that will mean a drop in sound quality on that particular Echo speaker. Alexa will add any item to your Ocado basket simply by asking her to do so.

Now if you're like me and you enjoy the ease of use that multi-room audio support provides - but would like to utilize it with better speakers, like Sonos for example - well you shouldn't have to wait much longer. Saying "Play Justin Timberlake" followed by the name of your group will activate the music in your desired location, and so far it's worked flawlessly in my testing.

Out of the three on-demand music streaming services, Spotify easily remains the largest in terms of subscribers. The APIs are now available in developer preview.

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking.

Echo Tap, Fire TV, Echo, and Echo Dot.


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