Amazon Echo has just been updated with voice control support for Spotify, Pandora, and iTunes.
Unveiled by Amazon in November last year, Echo is a cylindrical cloud-connected smart speaker whose main selling point is its Siri-like voice assistant called Alexa. By starting queries with the wake word Alexa, users can ask Echo for information and instruct it to do various things, including play music.
It has also been able to play music from Spotify, Pandora, and iTunes via Bluetooth. But its only now that Echo has begun supporting voice control for these three music services.
As noted by ZDNet, Amazon has just pushed an update to Echo that allows control of music playback for Spotify, Pandora, and iTunes. As before, music streaming from these services have to be initiated from an iOS device. But once streaming, Echo can already accept voice commands to stop, pause, play, go back, or skip ahead, instead of having to control music on the iOS device.
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Echo already looked to be a great voice-activated assistant before this update. But it just became more of a must-have with the addition of voice control support for two of todays most popular streaming services and Apples media player app.
In addition to that, the new update to Echo offers increased response speed and accuracy for queries, expanded coverage of facts from Wikipedia, support for new spelling words and definitions, and a fun Simon Says feature that enables Alexa to repeat whatever is spoken in the room.
Amazon Echo is currently available only by invitation, which can be requested through the products official webpage. Its priced at $199 for regular customers and just $99 for Amazon Prime members.