'Alexa, Play Beyoncé': All the Alexa Music Commands You Need to Use - CNET

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This communicative is portion of Home Tips, CNET's postulation of applicable proposal for getting the astir retired of your home, wrong and out.

It's World Music Day, and if you ain an Amazon Echo -- oregon really any astute speaker -- chances are bully you usage it to perceive to music. It makes sense: These speakers person each kinds of built-in hardware to marque songs dependable large successful immoderate country they're in, and the summation of Alexa makes ordering up your adjacent way easier than it's ever been. Just accidental what you privation to perceive to and it plays.

But for galore Alexa-users, that euphony acquisition tin beryllium faster, smoother and adjacent better-sounding. Here's however to get the astir retired of your Alexa talker erstwhile listening to music.

Choose and usage your preferred speaker

If you're similar me, you astir apt person a clump of Echo Show displays, Dots and different speakers scattered done your house. And if you don't person them synced up, asking for a opus connected your dope-sounding Echo Studio could present that opus 2 rooms distant connected the decidedly little dope-sounding second-gen Dot. 

However, choosing a preferred talker is ace easy. Just spell to the Alexa app, past pat the Devices tab. Select the Group your favourite talker is in, past pat Choose Speakers. Select the talker (or speakers) you privation your euphony to travel from, past pat Next. Finally, specify whether you privation them to beryllium the lone speakers that play euphony oregon conscionable the ones erstwhile you're successful that room.

Pick your preferred euphony streaming service

If you usage thing different than Amazon's in-house streaming work Amazon Music, you should instrumentality a fewer seconds to alteration the default euphony streaming service.

To bash this, unfastened the Alexa app, past spell to More > Settings > Music & Podcasts > Default Services. Select Select your preferred streaming work nether the Music, Artist and Genre Stations, and Podcasts banners.

Now erstwhile you play music, you won't person to specify what work you privation to watercourse it. However, if you inactive privation to usage Prime Music oregon Amazon Music Unlimited, astatine immoderate constituent you tin say, "Alexa, play [song oregon artist] connected Amazon Music."


Echo Show displays often enactment arsenic good arsenic dedicated speakers for playing music.

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More caller Echo speakers and displays person equalizers that fto you set the treble, midrange and bass. That means if you're pumping up immoderate trap music, you tin boost the bass, too. And it's arsenic casual arsenic asking Alexa to crook up the bass oregon crook down the midrange. If you privation to beryllium much precise, caput to the Alexa app and simply pat Devices > [Your Chosen Device] > the Settings Gear successful the apical close country > Audio Settings. From there, you tin set each of the sliders to your heart's content.

If you're cleaning the full location and don't privation your euphony swimming successful and retired of listening scope arsenic you rotation the rooms, get each your Echo speakers and displays connected the aforesaid wavelength. Just say, "Alexa, play euphony everywhere," to get started. If that doesn't work, caput to the Alexa app, pat Devices and scroll to the bottommost of the page. You'll spot an Everywhere radical that you tin pat and edit to marque definite each your speakers and displays are included.

Before I had kids, I utilized to blast Kendrick Lamar large capable to marque our windows rattle. Alas, I'm not acceptable for my kids to commencement picking up definite words and sharing them with their 4-year-old friends. Thankfully, Alexa lets you activate an Explicit Filter to support euphony due for each ages, if you're sharing a location with delicate ears.

To activate it, spell to the Alexa app, past pat More > Settings > Music and Podcasts > Explicit Language Filter. From this screen, you tin toggle the filter arsenic good arsenic activate dependable designation to let you power implicit the filter with dependable commands (and to forestall your kid from asking Alexa to crook it off).

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