Amazon Echo devices now support multi-room audio

Amazon has just added multi-room audio support to its Echo devices, allowing users to simultaneously stream music over multiple speakers in their homes.

This means that users can now create groups of speakers - for example, all the speakers in the rooms downstairs - when you want to hear music just through those devices, you will just have to say, "Alexa, play Falco downstairs."

Here's a guide for creating device groups for all three popular smart assistant platforms: Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple HomeKit:

Amazon Echo 2nd Generation Smart Speaker

Another benefit is that users can now control music on other Echo devices. You can stop music playback in the bathroom using the Echo in the kitchen.

However, there are some limitations users need to be aware of. Only Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show are supported so far. It is expected that by the end of the year other third party speakers will add multiroom audio support. Amazon’s Echo Tap is also not among supported devices.

For now, multi-room capability is offered only using Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and Pandora. Spotify and SiriusXM support is on the way.

Another limitation which might be an issue for some smart home users is that Echo Dots connected to outside speakers via Bluetooth are not supported. You need to connect external speakers using wires.

You can find detailed Instructions on how to setup multi room playback across all of your Alexa devices here.

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