You can ask Alexa to play the music of a specific artist or genre, but finding the right music for your work or for falling asleep is a little more difficult than just choosing a genre. Luckily, you can ask Alex for music depending on what you’re doing. Here’s how it works and what you can use it for.

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One of Alexa’s new features allows you to request music based on a specific activity. So, for example, if you want to meditate, you can say «Alexa, play meditation music» and your Echo will start playing soft, soothing music. Say «Alexa, play workout music» and she’ll give you something more energetic and upbeat. To get the most out of this feature, you need to be a Prime Music or Music Unlimited subscriber.

Amazon says that Alexa can already respond to over 500 action voice commands, so you might want to try some of the following commands:

Yes, the last couples are real. This is just a small example of how Alexa can find music. You can also narrow down the type of music you want to play by adding a genre to these commands. For example, saying «Alexa, play jazz to work out» gets an upbeat playlist, while «Alexa, play jazz to sleep» gives slow, relaxing jazz.

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