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Has Taylor Martin ever actually used Echo/Alexa?

by reryro / August 29, 2017 9:19 AM PDT

Has anyone else noticed that in today's Amazon Echo Tips (http://enews.cnet.com/ct/43969943:sKndT7EUN:m:1:534717772:28884E7A9E697DE191B18523D217E3D3:r) Taylor Martin starts his article by strongly implying that Alexa speakers will now work in unison in streaming music, goes on to describe how they now work like Sonos speakers, and then ends the article by saying, well, no, they actually don't. What was the point of this article anyway? Echos and Dots still don't work in unison -- you can't synchronize their music playback like you can with Sonos -- so why the email today saying "Alexa's new music feature makes your speakers work like Sonos"? No, it doesn't. And Mr. Martin finally admits this at the end of his article when he says "For now, one major way this differs from Google Home...or Sonos is the inability to stream the same music to multiple rooms at once." Um, yeah -- major difference. So what was that bit at the beginning of the article about them working in unison?

The entire thrust of this article is that you can command an Alexa device to play music by speaking a command to another Alexa device. You can command an entire houseful of Echos and Dots in this way, but they won't be in sync. This is a far cry from Sonos' capabilities and performance and far, far less useful. I mean, how often do you need to start up music in another room before you get to that room? And do you really want to command each of your devices, one by one, to play your favorite track or playlist throughout your house, and have every speaker playing out of sync?

So, no, not Sonos. And not Taylor Martin for me anymore...

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