New Amazon Music feature makes Alexa more likely to play the song you actually ask for

Amazon Music on a Galaxy S9+
Amazon Music on a Galaxy S9+ (Image credit: Ara Wagoner / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Alexa now understands what different versions of songs are, including album, live, acoustic, and more.
  • You can also request music in different languages, even music by your favorite artists.
  • Alexa also has a more natural-sounding voice, and some albums will now be introduced by the artist themselves.

Amazon Music users in the U.S. can now ask Alexa far more specific requests for music, including the ability to request specific versions of a song or album, ask for music in a different language, and even hear popular artists introduce their own singles and albums. That means when you ask Alexa to play the live version of your favorite artists's most popular song, it's far more likely Alexa will actually be able to understand your request and deliver the exact music you're wanting to hear.

Alexa's understanding of music has deepened significantly with this latest update, which includes the ability to request completely different versions of your favorite songs, including acapella, live, remastered, remix, lullaby, deluxe, acoustic, instrumental, compilations, and even kids versions (hello, Kids Bop). Alexa even understands context now, so if you request the album version of the live song that's playing, all you need to do is say "Alexa, play the album version of this" instead of having to make a completely new, detailed request.

Alexa Amazon Music Requests

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Folks who enjoy listening to music in different languages, be it to understand the lyrics better or to just have a more authentic experience, can request a specific language version of a song something in the broader genre. Amazon's examples include Italian dinner music, Mandarin pop, or Spanish workout music. Alexa now understands over 60 languages including the additions of Vietnamese, Persian, Nigerian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Maori, and Icelandic.

This new language request feature also extends to specific artists, meaning you can request the French version of that new pop song that's stuck in your head. This even includes requesting songs from a specific artist in a specific language, like requesting Spanish songs by Nicki Minaj. Lastly, you'll find that Alexa's voice now sounds more natural, especially when introducing songs and albums that are about to be played. Top artists like The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, and Selena Gomez will now even introduce their own albums, giving a more personal touch to the music you listen to every day.

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Nicholas Sutrich
Senior Content Producer — Smartphones & VR
Nick started with DOS and NES and uses those fond memories of floppy disks and cartridges to fuel his opinions on modern tech. Whether it's VR, smart home gadgets, or something else that beeps and boops, he's been writing about it since 2011. Reach him on Twitter or Instagram @Gwanatu