large image

Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Alexa can now play music, even if you can’t remember the name of the song

It hasn’t been a great week for Alexa. Her TMZ-style meltdown, involving random, creepy laughter was plastered all over the web this week.

Thankfully, with Amazon working on a fix for her Britney moment, Alexa is finishing the week on a strong musical note.

We all have those moments where we can’t recall the names of songs we like. That’s a big deal if you’re only searching for them using your voice, rather than scanning an app until you recognise the song title.

Now, while listening to Amazon Music, users can ask Alexa to play music even if they can’t recall the title of the track (via The Verge).

For example, you can make casual requests like “play that Metallica song I listened to yesterday” or even “play that playlist I listened to on Tuesday.”

Related: Amazon Echo vs Google Home

Terms like “recently” or “lately” can also be used to summon tunes, while users can even request Alexa “play something I haven’t heard in a while.”

New features ahoy!

The new tools come after Amazon added Music Alarms, which enable users to make requests like “Alexa, set an alarm every day at 7am to country music” and “Alexa, set an alarm for 6am tomorrow (or every day) to Shake It Off.”

Amazon is also making it easier for listeners to pair music with specific activities, while you can now create playlists using only your voice.

The features are available to Prime Members as well as subscribers to the Amazon Music Unlimited service in the US and the UK.

The company is hoping innovative voice features will encourage people to adopt its music services over alternatives like Spotify and also Deezer, which gained full Alexa integration today.

Do you think Alexa’s newfound skills could bring you to Amazon’s streaming services? Drop us a line @TrustedReviews on Twitter.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have 9 million users a month around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.