Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant has some new tricks in the way it deals with music. Launched this week, they include the ability to serve (on request) a cappella, live, remix, instrumental and other versions of tracks. “Saying commands like ‘Alexa, play the Con Calma remix’ or ‘Alexa, play live J. Cole songs’ kicks off the search for an alternative recording. Alternatively, while a song is playing, asking ‘Alexa, play the acoustic version of this’ switches to the requested version,” reported VentureBeat.
Meanwhile, Echo owners in the US using Amazon Music will now hear a “more natural” version of Alexa’s voice when music is being introduced, while listeners elsewhere in the world can now have their requests recognised in more than 60 languages, with Vietnamese, Nigerian, Maori and Romanian among the new additions.
The report also notes that artists are getting involved: the likes of The Weeknd, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez will now pop up to announce their tracks when Alexa plays them “for a limited time”.