Amazon is gifting Echo owners with a new feature.
Starting today, Amazon Echo owners can use multi-room audio on their devices. This feature enables Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show owners to synchronize their music playback across multiple devices in different rooms.
To enable multi-room audio on your Echo devices, go into your Alexa app and group together two or more Echo devices, then name that group something like “downstairs”. You can then tell your Echo device “Alexa, play Smash Mouth downstairs” and playback will begin.
Amazon says that multi-room audio is supported for Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Pandora to start. Support for Spotify and SiriusXM is coming soon.
Also announced today is Amazon’s Connected Speaker APIs, which will let you use Alexa to control connected audio systems. Amazon is working with companies like Sonos, Bose, Sound United, and Samsung on this feature.
Multi-room audio is a pretty big addition for the Amazon Echo. With it, you can fill your house with tunes and listen to them as you move from room to room, all without having to carry headphones or any other device with you.
If you need a new Echo device or two to build out your new multi-room audio setup, you can get an Echo Dot for $44.99 (a $5 discount) or an Echo Show for $229.99. While the standard Echo is sold out, you can get a refurbished Echo for $129.99, which is $50 off the price of a new Echo.