September 26, 2017 Last Updated 9:50 am

App updates: Amazon adds Alexa support to its Amazon Music iOS and Android apps

As is the custom following the release of a new version of iOS, other apps have been updated, including Priceline, Watch TCM, and the XFINITY TV Remote

The launch of a new version of Apple’s mobile operating system usually brings a flood of app updates, and this year is no different. But as there are not many new, and major changes to be found in iOS 11, the app updates are less dramatic, which is probably a good thing. Previously launches of a new iOS has occasionally led to broken apps and lots of complaints.

Probably the most important app update today is from Amazon, which today is bringing Alexa to both the iOS and Android versions of its Amazon Music app.

Amazon’s color scheme for its Music app is not the best, to say the least. Because of this, it is hard to see that they have added an Alexa button at the bottom of the app screen — seen here at right.

Apple is cooperating more with Amazon, and will soon be letting Amazon on to the Apple TV. In exchange, I presume, you’ll find more Apple products being sold through Amazon again.

Other iOS apps getting iOS 11 related updates this week include Watch TCM, XFINITY TV Remote, as well as one of Amazon’s other apps, its Amazon Prime Video. Most simply say that the update makes the app iOS 11 compliant, or the standard description of “bug fixes.”

Here is this morning’s announcement from Amazon regarding adding Alexa support to its Amazon Music app for iOS and Android:


SEATTLE, Wash. —  September 26, 2017 — Starting today, Alexa is now available in the Amazon Music app on iOS and Android in the US, UK, Germany and Austria, combining the power of natural language voice controls with a rich, visual app experience. Tens of millions of songs are now at the tip of your tongue as well as the tips of your fingers – wherever you go.

Music listeners now have more choice than ever to find the music they want to play: either browse the app interface that Amazon Music customers already love, or just ask Alexa. To access Alexa within the Amazon Music app, simply use the push-to-talk function within the AmazonMusic app for iOS and Android on connected mobile devices and tablets. To learn more, visit: www.amazon.com/alexaonmobile.

Millions of Alexa customers have enjoyed listening to music on Echo devices, and with Amazon Music’s innovative Alexa voice controls, customers can ask for music based on genre, decade, mood, tempo, activity or even the lyrics if they can’t remember the name of a song. With Alexa in the Amazon Music app, listeners can utilize the power and simplicity of voice functionality, wherever they are. For example:

  • Riding in the car and want to listen to that new song by your favorite artist that you just heard on the radio? Just use the push-to-talk feature and say, “Play the new song by Fifth Harmony,” and Alexa will play “He Like That.”
  • Getting out of town for the weekend? “Play music for a road trip.”
  • Going out to meet your college friends and feeling nostalgic? “Play Coldplay from the 2000s” and Alexa will play songs from the band’s first few albums.
  • On your way to the Foo Fighters concert and want to hear their latest song? “Play the song that goes ‘Banging on the ceiling, banging on the ceiling, keep it down,’” and Alexa will play “The Sky is a Neighborhood” from the band’s latest release, Concrete and Gold.
  • At the gym and need music for your workout? “Play pop music for lifting weights” or “Play classic rock for cardio.”
  • Headed out the door for a run and want some tunes? “Play running music.”
  • Want to start your Monday morning commute off right? “Play morning music.” Once 5:00pm hits, “Play music for relaxing.”

“Amazon Music customers already know and love Alexa from listening on Echo devices,” stated Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music. “Now our mobile listeners can enjoy an entirely new app experience that combines the power and simplicity of Alexa voice controls with the visual richness of the Amazon Music app.”

To start listening to music with Alexa wherever you go, simply update the Amazon Music app for iOS or Android. Alexa is also available for Amazon Music customers on Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Amazon Tap, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Edition and Fire Tablets. Learn more about Amazon Music mobile app features by visiting: www.amazon.com/musicwithalexa.

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