Alexa can now recommend music playlists

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Not sure which song to queue on your smart speaker? Don’t worry, ask Alexa. Amazon today announced that its voice assistant is getting a dialog-based Amazon Music search feature that lets you find new playlists by voice.

Saying “Alexa, help me find a playlist” or “Alexa, help me find a holiday playlist” prompts Alexa to ask a few questions about genre, occasion, mood, and tempo . You’ll get a quick overview of suggested playlists and the choice to select one or add criteria to narrow your search.

Amazon says clues from your past listening habits will inform its recommendations, and in the weeks to come, you’ll be able to learn about popular new songs that appeal to your musical tastes.

“Customers will be able to … ask, ‘Alexa, recommend new music’ to help further discovery or simply, ‘Alexa, what should I play?’” Amazon said. “Alexa will be able to anticipate what customers are in the mood to hear and suggest relevant music or new releases tailored to them.”

The new features will be available on Echo devices and the Amazon Music app on iOS and Android in the US. Playlist recommendations will go live this week, along with improved music matching algorithms.

Songs on Alexa-enabled speakers are now better suited to individual tastes, according to the Seattle-based company, so if you follow a band or artist, they’ll likely be added to the queue. Alexa now takes play count, era, favorite genres and other factors into account when you ask to hear a track, and you can tell Amazon’s voice assistant to never play a particular song again .

“Customers can now tell Alexa if they like or dislike a currently playing song, album, playlist or station by saying phrases like ‘Alexa, I like this song,'” Alexa is my favorite” or “Alexa, I don’t like it,” Amazon said.

Today’s new music-centric Alexa feature follows October’s Music Skill API, which allows developers to stream songs from online services to Alexa devices and Amazon Echo speakers to United States. receive notifications when new songs or records are available on Amazon Music.

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George L. Hernandez