Amazon Echo now lets you play the same tunes in multiple rooms

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Last month, word got out that Amazon was working on a premium version of the device, set to take on Apple's HomePod, with improved sound, a cloth covering and a smaller footprint. So, if you have an Echo in the kitchen and one in the den, you can create a group called "Downstairs", for example.

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Amazon has just introduced a new "United skill" for the retailer's Echo devices at the Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) website. The new feature is now limited to US, UK, and German residents.

The feature allows users to play songs from Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Pandora, with support for Spotify and SiriusXM coming soon. Just ask, "Alexa, play wake up music".

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The company also announced plans to release its Alexa Voice Service (AVS) Multi-Room Music SDK.

Amazon also announced today in a blog post the release of two new services to make it easier for music lovers to create multi-room experiences with Alexa-enabled devices.

The AVS developer tools will be available "early next year".

In addition, new Connected Speaker APIs will let people use Alexa devices to play and control multi-room audio across connected speaker systems. That's similar to how Alexa controls multiple smart-home devices together. Multi-room audio, that is. Once that's done - say you've added all of the speakers on your lower floor to the same "downstairs" group - you only need to say "Alexa, play Frank Sinatra downstairs" to have the silky tones of Ol' Blue Eyes begin playing across all speakers in the group. Alexa will add any item to your Ocado basket simply by asking her to do so.

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