BBC launches full voice service for Echo devices

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The new BBC voice service adds to BBC content already available via smart speakers, including the primary news briefing on Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant.

All Alexa users can take advantage of this feature. An option to choose the songs your preferred streaming service including Amazon's Prime Music or partner services like Spotify, TuneIn and Pandora will also be present.

New customers in these countries can now begin unlimited, ad-free streaming of new releases from chart-topping artists within the Amazon Music app for iOS, Android, Mac, PC, Fire TV and on any Web browser.

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The command structure is as you would expect - "Alexa, ask the BBC to..." which will give access to live broadcasts, most recent, and archived episodes.

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The voice-activation will allow the user to operate them by saying, "Alexa, set an alarm for to time to song ".

You can choose a specific artist and time instead, such as "wake me up to Adele", or a certain era or genre of music like, "wake me up to 90s music" or "wake me up to classical music". Only Fire TV will not support this feature for alarms.

The feature doesn't seem to have rolled out to all regions as it didn't seem to work on an Echo device that we tested it on in India. As it usually happens with the products and services available in multiple markets, the price of the Amazon Music Unlimited plans and the Echo smart speaker depend on the market.

Not every Amazon Echo in every room of the house will need the music alarm clock feature, but it will be a useful for people who need it.

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