So many people were asking Alexa what song they just heard and who sang it that Amazon responded with a new Echo feature. Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers and Prime Music listeners in the US can use Song ID to hear the title and artist of each song before it plays on your Echo device. That should cut down on the “hundreds of thousands” of music questions Alexa hears daily.
Don’t worry, Song ID is optional, and you’ll be able to turn it on and off with a simple voice command. When you use the feature, Amazon hopes it will “aid in music discovery” and make the speaker more of a personal DJ. While you can ask other assistants, like Google or Siri, what song is playing, Alexa is now the first assistant to tell you automatically.
This certainly isn’t the first attempt to make music streaming via Alexa and Echo more appealing. This time last year, Amazon made it easier to search for songs you just heard but couldn’t remember the name of. Last fall, Alexa began telling you when your favorite artists release new music. And since December, Alexa has been asking more questions to help build you a more personalized playlist. Naturally, all of these Alexa-powered features work with Amazon’s on music-streaming service only.