Amazon has released a new feature for Alexa to compete with Google Cast and Apple AirPlay in the never ending cat-and-mouse game. The feature, aptly called Alexa Cast, allows users to select music on their phone and send it to a connected Alexa speaker of their choice.
Of course there is a catch. Alexa Cast works only within the app. Here's how to set it up.
Setting up and using Alexa Cast
The creation and use of Alexa Cast is a breeze. First you need to download the Amazon Music app from the App Store or Google Play and then:
- Log in to your Amazon account.
- Find a song or playlist you want to listen to and select it to start playing.
- Swipe from the music preview (a circular icon with the album art) to All controls for music
- Tap the button in the lower-right corner of the Playback window (looks very similar to the Google Cast icon).
- Select an Alexa speaker or multi-room music from this menu
The music should start playing through the selected speaker or group, which means you can also control the playback with your voice, with commands like "Alexa, next song" or "Alexa, volume down".
If you no longer want to play the selected speaker or play music over the phone, open Amazon Music again, open the music controls, tap the Alexa Cast icon, and select Disconnect next to the current selected speaker.
How to use Spotify Connect
Spotify has a similar feature called Spotify Connect, which has been working with connected Alexa speakers for some time. Best of all, if you've already connected your Spotify account to your Amazon account, Spotify Connect is already set up and ready to use.
As with Alexa Cast, open the Spotify app and select music to play. Open the Music Controls and tap Available Devices at the bottom of the app. In the menu that appears, select one of your speakers or speaker groups.