It’s finally possible to link your Amazon Echo devices together and blast the same music in multiple rooms in your house. Amazon has confirmed today that its Echo devices now have support for multi-room audio. What that means is that Amazon Echo owners can now synchronize their music across multiple Echo devices placed at different places throughout their house.
Multi-room audio support is a common feature on most premium audio devices and since Amazon wants the Echo to be counted among those devices, it’s adding this functionality to the Echo.
Amazon has also said in its http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2297100press release that controls for multi-room music will eventually be expanded to other connected speakers as well. At this point in time, the Echo, Echo Dot, and the Echo Show only have multi-room audio support for Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and Pandora. Support for Spotify and SiriusXM will be added soon.
The company has also announced that it’s launching new developer tools which will enable other speaker manufacturers to make their devices compatible with the Echo for multi-room playback. This tool will be released later this year.
Amazon’s new Connected Speaker APIs will enable users to control music playback on other connected smart speakers by using Alexa. Amazon is working with Samsung, Boxe, Sonos, and Sound United to bake this API into their products.