Alexa now has easier and more natural ways to find the music you want to hear


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.

  1. Big John says:

    Very nice addition to the Fire TV app on my Android phone. I just asked Alexa to “Play rock music from 1969.” through my Fire TV Stick. Right now I’m back in hippie heaven. ;)

    Of course the selection is from the more limited Prime Music cataglog, but I’ve been listening for over 1/2 an hour and so far all the songs have been spot on.

    Looking forward to playing with this expanded capability some more.

  2. Don says:

    Any idea if this feature works for other streaming music services outside of Amazon Music? I would love to use this feature on Spotify, which I have set up as my default streaming music app on my Echo Dot.

    • Big John says:

      Just asked Alexa to “Play Bob Dylan on Spotify” and Alexa responded with “Spotify is not supported for this device.” Music from Prime Music started right away when I said simply “Play Bob Dylan.” This was using the Fire TV app and my Fire TV Stick.

  3. Ujn Hunter says:

    That lyric one will come in handy! Always nice to see additions added. The main problem with it all is remembering all the different commands you can use. I should print out a “Cheat Sheet” of commands and hang it next to my Echo.

  4. Ujn Hunter says:

    Argh. Amazon Music Unlimited is annoying as hell… How do I turn off the constant ads that Alexa spurts out about Amazon Music Unlimited other than paying for the stupid service! I don’t want Amazon Music Unlimited, I don’t want to continually here about signing up for it, just tell me the song isn’t in my library or on Amazon Prime Music and be done with it already!

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