This fall, Amazon made a play to become your new alarm clock with the introduction of a combination smart speaker and clock called the Echo Spot.
Today, the company is adding a new feature that will make the Spot ai??i?? or any other Alexa device ai??i?? function more like a traditional radio alarm clock, with the introduction of music alarms.
According to Amazon, Alexa device owners can now choose to wake up to music from their preferred streaming service, including Amazonai??i??s own Prime Music or Amazon Music Unlimited, as well as others supported by its devices, includingAi??Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, SiriusXM and iHeartRadio.
The feature works similarly to how you request music today via Alexa ai??i?? that is, you can ask for artist names, songs, playlists, genres, or even by song lyrics, in the case that you donai??i??t know the songai??i??s title.
The lyrics feature, as well as requests for music by mood or for specific activities, only works with Amazon Music, however.
You can, for instance, say something general like “Alexa, wake me up at 6 am every day to music,” or be super specific about what you want to hear with requests like: “Alexa, wake me up to BeyoncAi?? radio on Pandora at 7 am,””Alexa, set an alarm for 7 am using BBC news on TuneIn,” or “Alexa, wake me up to Location by Khalid at 6 am,” Amazon said.
If you want to wake up in the holiday spirit, say “Alexa, wake me up to Christmas music at 7 am,” or if you want motivation to hit the gym or pavement, say “Alexa, wake me up to pop music for running at 5 am.”
This sounds like a minor feature, but it’s potentially very important. If Amazon is going to make the Echo Spot a viable alarm clock, it needs to give the device better functionality than that 20-year-old clock radio sitting on your nightstand. This also makes all Echo models more directly competitive with rivals that have had music wake features for years, such as Sonos.