Deezer, the personal music streaming service, has announced it's making listening to music more accessible by expanding voice activation with Amazon's Alexa. With Deezer on Amazon, users can play their favorite music on the Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and Echo Spot.
Deezer Announces Voice Activation With Amazon Alexa
Tech Times had the opportunity to chat with Riad Hawa, VP of Hardware Partnerships at Deezer, about the latest integration with Alexa.
Besides getting updates on the current weather, sports scores, music has been one of the top reasons people use Amazon's smart speakers. Since Deezer is available in more than 180 countries, the Amazon Alexa integration made sense as the company could make the service accessible to more users.
"The integration also means we can guarantee music for every aspect of our user's day, enabling the seamless switch between enjoying music on devices on the move, to listening to your favourite playlist on smart speakers in the home," Riad Hawa told Tech Times.
"By working closely with Amazon, who is one of the leaders in voice activation, we can grow and develop our offering together which is what true partnerships are about," said Hawa.
Best Voice Commands When Using Deezer With Amazon Echo
To get started using Deezer on Amazon Echo devices, users can shout voice commands such as "Hey, Alexa! Play Deezer." Hawa says the voice command is programmed to automatically play a mix of fresh music.
"It's short and sweet and, interestingly, programmed to immediately play your 'Flow'. Flow is a personalised never-ending personal soundtrack that offers an ongoing mix of fresh music and old favourites, tailored to your tastes and based on our leading proprietary learning algorithm," said Hawa.
Hawa believes Flow will become increasingly good at suggesting music users like over time.
Users can also shout voice commands like "Alexa, play some jazz!" or "Alexa, play the playlist Chill Out Music on Deezer!" They can even share their mood with or preferences and simply let the technology do the rest of the work.
It's important to note that users who are using Deezer for free, will need to upgrade to a premium subscription to use voice commands with Alexa. Deezer premium subscriptions cost $9.99 per month without any commitments, so users can cancel at any time.