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Alexa Routines can now include music and podcasts

You can add artists, playlists, albums, stations and podcasts to a Routine.
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Amazon launched Alexa Routines last year and they let users set up a list of automated smart home actions that can be triggered with a simple command. For example, "Alexa, good morning," could launch a Routine that turns on the lights, reports the weather forecast, reads news briefings and starts the coffee maker. Missing from the Routine capabilities, however, has been music. Well, no longer, because Amazon is now rolling out the ability to add playlists, podcasts and radio shows to your Alexa Routines.

As of now, Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Saavn, Deezer and TuneIn are supported. Users can add an artist, playlist, album, station or podcast from any of those services to their Routine. You can also set the volume for each Routine.

Though Google Assistant got Routine functionality after Alexa did, it already allows users to incorporate music and radio. Last week, Google also added support for working audiobooks into Google Assistant Routines -- something Alexa can't do quite yet.

You can adjust Alexa Routines through the Alexa app. The new function is rolling out now.

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