Alexa has long been able to respond to requests for specific music genres, moods and playlists. Now she can also help you cure and customize playlists and remember your preferences for the future.
Amazon launches new features for Amazon Music users that allow more natural back and forth conversations with Alexa. Where previously you were restricted to basic commands ("Alexa, play holiday music"), you can now use Alexa to help you restrict your choices.
For example, if you say "Alexa, helps me find a holiday game list," Can she respond with, "We'll rock around Christmas tree." Some special mood? Mellow? Or maybe optimistic? "
From there Alexa can respond to your natural language. So you can say, "Mellow", and she will pick a playlist and ask you something, "Will it work?" If you say no, she will try again.
For now, users must start these conversations with "Alexa, help me find …" but Amazon expects to add "Alexa, recommend …" and "Alexa, what should I play?" to her repertoire.
Once you've landed on a playlist, you can also curate based on songs you do and do not like. Phrases like "Alexa, I like this song" and "Alexa, I do not like this", acts as Pandora's thumb up / thumb down feature. Alexa will remember previously liked, often listened to and favored songs and deduct them when you say "Alexa, play music I like."
These new features only work with Amazon Music-Prime Music and Amazon Music Unlimited- so if you prefer Spotify or another subscription service, you'll need to stick with more targeted commands. You must be an American customer on an Echo device or Amazon Music app.
Alexa has another almost human quality when it comes to music: She can put on the "mom" hat and tap your wishes. For example, if you ask her to start an NSFW playlist, she can say, "This playlist may contain exact text. Do not you prefer to hear exact texts?" As you can answer, "Alexa blocks explicit texts." Or not.