To try it out, just start listening to Amazon Music on your Alexa-enabled device and ask the virtual assistant to create a new playlist, or add a song to an existing one.
Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa is getting a handy new feature for music lovers: the ability to create playlists with your voice.
Announced Thursday, the new feature is available for Prime Music listeners and Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers in the US. To try it out, just start listening to Amazon Music on your Alexa-enabled device and ask the virtual assistant to create a new playlist, or add a song to an existing one.
You can say “Alexa, add this song to my playlist,” or a similar command like “Alexa, add this to my playlist,” or “Alexa, add this to my ‘studying’ playlist.” If you don’t have a suitable playlist for that track, just say “Alexa create a new playlist from this song,” or, even simpler, “Alexa, create a new playlist.”
Amazon launched this feature in beta less than a month ago and said users have already added “hundreds of thousands of songs to playlists while creating tens of thousands of new ones.”
Prime Music is included with a $99 yearly (or $12.99 monthly) Amazon Prime membership, offering subscribers access to more than 2 million songs. Amazon Music Unlimited costs $9.99 a month (after a 30-day free trial), but gives you access to “tens of millions of songs.” Both services are free of advertisements, offer unlimited skips, and the ability to download tracks for offline listening.
This new feature comes after Amazon in December expanded Alexa’s alarm clock capabilities to include music alarms. Just ask Alexa to wake you up at a certain time to a song or radio station of your choice, and you’ll be grooving into your morning. Google last week added a similar music alarm feature to its own digital Assistant.