In an announcement that's surprisingly taken a long time to happen, Sonos is enabling Amazon Echo's Alexa to give you control of music at home. The integration also extends to Alexa's whole family, the Echo Dot and Tap.
With the software update, you can ask your Echo to play music as you normally do without any extra key phrases involved. Other controls include pause, skip, control volume and more. Music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and others - basically what's currently available on Echo already - are all radios you can listen to.
The only downside is that you'll have to wait until 2017 for the free update. However the companies will begin rolling out the experience through an invite-only beta test later this year.
Sonos's other announcement is available much sooner. Starting in October for the Sonos public beta program, you'll be able to download another free update for Spotify integration, called Spotify Connect.
Previously, only the Sonos app could be used with the sound system but now Spotify users - specifically Premium payers - can choose the music streaming app as well.
Just like you'd use Spotify on a computer or mobile phone to queue up songs to play from Amazon Echo, you'll now have the option to choose your Sonos sound system.
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Better yet, you'll also be able to transition from listening on the go in the car or train to your Sonos at home with the Spotify app. Friends can also join your Wi-Fi to use their own Spotify app to play music without downloading the Sonos app.
"50% of all Sonos households use Spotify," said Sonos Vice President of Software Antoine Leblond. "By tightly integrating the Spotify experience with the Sonos system, we've created an easier way for Sonos owners to get music out of their phones and playing all around their homes."
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