Your Bose® SoundTouch™ and Amazon Alexa devices can now communicate seamlessly with a new smart home skill recently added to the Alexa skill library. With this skill, simply called “Bose,” you can now initiate and control music playback from Amazon Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, or TuneIn Radio on any SoundTouch system, with your voice, directly through any Alexa-enabled device. Bose launched a similar custom skill late in 2017 that wasn’t quite as intuitive; with this new skill, instead of saying, “Alexa, ask Bose to…,” you can now simply say something like, “Alexa, play…” You just need to specify in which room you want your music to play.
This new skill supports such controls as on/off, pause/resume, volume, and track skipping, and will initially be available in the US and Canada, in English only, but Bose and Amazon are planning on expanding that availability to all regions and languages supported by Alexa within the coming months; the previously released custom skill will be called “Bose SoundTouch Control” in the future.
The Bose skill will work on all Bose SoundTouch products, including the Bose Wave SoundTouch Music System IV, the SoundTouch 300 Soundbar, the SoundTouch 10 Wireless Music System, and more, while compatible models on the other end of this dual-branded chain include all Amazon Alexa products, such as the Amazon Fire TV, the Amazon Echo Show, and the 2nd generation Amazon Echo and Echo Dot.
As always, if you need help deciding which speaker system or virtual assistant to get, come into the B&H SuperStore to get an introduction to them, or you can contact us by phone at 800-606-6969, chat, or email for friendly, knowledgeable advice.
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