Along with the arrival of Amazon Music Unlimited, Alexa has gained a few new tricks to make finding the right music easier and more natural. For starters, asking to play music by an artist, without being too specific about which song or album you want, will automatically play the most popular tracks, instead of just shuffling an artist’s entire collection. Vague requests will now be tailored to your music tastes, based on your listening history, so saying “Alexa, play happy music” or “Alexa, play dinner party music” will play music that matches that description from a genre you tend to listen to, like “Pop To Make you Feel Better” or “Indie Dinner Party.”
If you can’t remember the title or even artist of a specific song, but can remember a lyric, you can now say “Alexa, play the song that goes…” or Alexa, play the song with the lyric…” and Alexa will try to find a song with the lyric that you say. You can also now ask for an artist’s “new song” if you know something just got released but don’t know the name of the song. Alexa can now also play songs by decade or year, so you can say “Alexa, play the most popular rock from 1996” or “Alexa, play Van Halen from the 70s” to narrow down what’s played. Lastly, you can now say “Alexa, play the Song of the Day” to hear a song picked daily by Amazon. The Song of the Day is introduced by a DJ that tells you a little about the song before it starts playing, and suggestions for further listening after the song ends.