Thursday, August 25, 2022

Management by wandering around

 Andy M sent me a link on Monday; Good interview with well known music Journo qhp has a new book out! (Very pleased with qhp in the place of who. It turns out I am not the only person who types one key to the left on occasion.) When I clicked the link to the podcast it turned out to be on Spotify so I let the phone install the app; it is already on my PC.

As a rule I listen to podcasts on Amazon Alexa devices; there's one in each room in the house (including the bathroom) except for the spare bedroom so I can play them on the everywhere group as I am wandering about between chores and bone idle noodling.

I've got a Spotify Free account and I was under the impression that Alexa Spotify skill only worked with Premium. Not so apparently:

Update June 23, 2020: Starting today, Spotify Free users in the U.K., Ireland, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, and Mexico, will begin to be able to stream Spotify through Amazon Alexa.

That is now done and dusted on my set up. Voice control is up and running but there are two unexpected bonuses. The first is that I can use Spotify on the PC or phone as a remote control to stream whatever I want to hear to whatever speaker or group I choose; very handy as voice control can be a bit hit and miss if you are after a specific version of a song for example.

The second might be a bug, but I have noticed that I don't get any adverts when Spotify music is coming through Echo speakers; switch back to the PC and they come up every few tracks.

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