Amazon Echo Gets a Voice Control Update; Manipulate Spotify, iTunes & Pandora


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As a music player, the Amazon Echo just got even better. Amazon released a new update for the device which is designed to enhance voice controls for several different services. You will now find you have more control over Internet radio services like Spotify, iTunes & Pandora.

Previously you could only activate or deactivate these services, but Amazon's new update for the Echo allows you the use of play/pause and a few other basic voice controls. Here's a quote from their email,

Voice control for Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora: You can now enjoy hands-free voice control for these popular music services. To get started, simply connect your phone or tablet to Echo by saying “Alexa, pair my device.” After you start playing your music, you can easily control it by saying the wake word and: play, pause, stop, next, or previous.

Simon Says: You’ve likely heard some of Echo’s jokes—now there’s another way to have fun with Echo. You can get Echo to repeat whatever you have in mind by starting with “Alexa, Simon says…” Here’s a fun tip: you can covertly use the remote control from another room to get Echo to repeat what you say and surprise your family.

This small update adds big and appreciated functionality to the already handy device. Now, if they could just get it to control other devices in your house...

Here's our dedicated Amazon Echo section for further discussion: Amazon Echo Android Forum at