Automating daily chores and activities is one of the wonderful things about having a smart home, or even just a connected speaker like the Amazon Echo, which can play DJ based on your listening habits.
Still, some things are better left to us meat sacks, er, I mean humans. And music can’t always be left to the all-knowing algorithm. How could Alexa possibly know if I suddenly just really want to hear that one Peter Gabriel song. You know, the one from all the movie trailers.
But even without leaving all the decisions in Alexa’s hands, you can get her help in putting together that perfect playlist that gets you through a night of studying, or keeps you pumped up on the road, or makes that special someone in your life feel appreciated.
So, how do you create and edit an Amazon Echo playlist? It’s pretty easy, actually.
Create an Amazon Echo playlist
Creating an Amazon Echo playlist is incredibly quick and painless. You’ll just tell Alexa you want her to create a playlist, and, well, that’s it:
- Say “Alexa, create a new playlist.”
- Follow Alexa’s prompts (she’ll ask you to name the playlist).
Alternately, you can give Alexa extra information at the outset to save time:
- Say “Alexa, create a ‘bedtime’ playlist” or;
- Say “Alexa, create a ‘road trip’ playlist” or;
- Say “Alexa, create a ‘Valentine’s Day’ playlist.”
You get the picture. You can name your playlist whatever you like.
Edit an Amazon Echo playlist
Once you’ve created a new and currently empty playlist, you’ll want to actually add songs to it.
Unfortunately, your options are pretty limited. You can only add songs via Amazon Prime Music or Amazon Music Unlimited. You also can’t just list the songs you want to add. You have to be listening to a song to add it to a given playlist.
- Start listening to the song you want on your playlist.
- Say “Alexa, add this song to my playlist.”
- Follow Alexa’s prompts (she’ll ask which playlist you want to add the song to).
- Also, if you happen to think of a song you want to add that’s not playing, you can just say it. For example: “Hey Alexa, add ‘One More Year by Tame Impala’ to my Saturday Morning playlist.”
Alternately, you can name the playlist right away:
- Say “Alexa, add this song to my ‘Friday night house party’ playlist” or;
- You decide which playlist you’re adding a song to.
That’s it. Repeat these steps with each song you want on your playlist.
As for deleting songs from your playlists, or deleting the playlists themselves, you’re on your own. Or, more precisely, Alexa won’t be able to help you.
Instead, log into the Amazon Music app. There, you can delete songs at your convenience.
Creating a playlist using Alexa can save you time and energy — you can just lie on the couch and ask her to do it while completely motionless if you like. And, you can also do things like ask Alexa something like: ““Alexa, wake me up to [artist, song, genre, playlist, or album] at 8am.” That can be handy.
Hopefully Amazon will improve the options available to users, like creating a Spotify playlist, or deleting songs with a voice command. For now, this will have to do.
Have you encountered any problems creating Amazon Echo playlists? Any tips for making it even easier?Let us know in the comments!