9 Alexa tips for music junkies

This story is part of Home Tips, CNET’s collection of practical advice for getting the most out of your home, inside and out.

It’s World Music Day, and in the event you personal an (*9*) — or actually any smart speaker — chances are high good you utilize it to take heed to music. It is sensible: These audio system have all types of built-in hardware to make songs sound nice in no matter room they’re in, and the addition of Alexa makes ordering up your subsequent monitor simpler than it is ever been. Just say what you wish to take heed to and it performs.

But for many Alexa-users, that music expertise will be quicker, smoother and even better-sounding. Here’s the best way to get essentially the most out of your Alexa speaker when listening to music.

Choose and use your most well-liked speaker

If you are like me, you most likely have a bunch of Echo Show shows, Dots and different audio system scattered by way of your home. And if you do not have them synced up, asking for a track in your dope-sounding Echo Studio may ship that track two rooms away on the decidedly much less dope-sounding second-gen Dot. 

However, selecting a most well-liked speaker is tremendous straightforward. Just go to the Alexa app, then faucet the Devices tab. Select the Group your favourite speaker is in, then faucet Choose Speakers. Select the speaker (or audio system) you need your music to return from, then faucet Next. Finally, specify whether or not you need them to be the one audio system that play music or simply those while you’re in that room.

Pick your most well-liked music streaming service

If you utilize something aside from Amazon’s in-house streaming service Amazon Music, you must take just a few seconds to vary the default music streaming service.

To do that, open the Alexa app, then go to More > Settings > Music & Podcasts > Default Services. Select Select your most well-liked streaming service below the Music, Artist and Genre Stations, and Podcasts banners.

Now while you play music, you will not must specify what service you wish to stream it. However, in the event you nonetheless wish to use Prime Music or Amazon Music Unlimited, at any level you may say, “Alexa, play [song or artist] on Amazon Music.”

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Echo Show shows typically work in addition to devoted audio system for taking part in music.


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More latest Echo audio system and shows have equalizers that allow you to modify the treble, midrange and bass. That means in the event you’re pumping up some entice music, you may increase the bass, too. And it is as straightforward as asking Alexa to show up the bass or flip down the midrange. If you wish to be extra exact, head to the Alexa app and easily faucet Devices > [Your Chosen Device] > the Settings Gear within the prime proper nook > Audio Settings. From there, you may modify every of the sliders to your coronary heart’s content material.

If you are cleansing the entire home and don’t need your music swimming out and in of listening vary as you wander the rooms, get all of your Echo audio system and shows on the identical wavelength. Just say, “Alexa, play music all over the place,” to get began. If that does not work, head to the Alexa app, faucet Devices and scroll to the underside of the web page. You’ll see an Everywhere group which you could faucet and edit to ensure all of your audio system and shows are included.

Before I had children, I used to blast Kendrick Lamar loud sufficient to make our home windows rattle. Alas, I’m not prepared for my children to begin selecting up sure phrases and sharing them with their 4-year-old buddies. Thankfully, Alexa enables you to activate an Explicit Filter to maintain music applicable for all ages, in the event you’re sharing a home with delicate ears.

To activate it, go to the Alexa app, then faucet More > Settings > Music and Podcasts > Explicit Language Filter. From this display screen, you may toggle the filter in addition to activate voice recognition to permit you management over the filter with voice instructions (and to stop your child from asking Alexa to show it off).

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