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Alexa Tips & Tricks / Alexa play...
« Last post by Crudelis on November 11, 2022, 10:49:28 am »
Hi  :)
Is it possible to force Alexa to play a movie in XBMC/Kodi? If I say Alexa play Witcher, she will open netflix app with Witcher series. What if I have a movie on my NAS that is better quality or any local movie? Is it possible to change this, similar to changing default behaviour of Netflix, Prime, Disney, Hulu buttons on fire tv remote? How about trying to side load custom app that has same package name ex. "com.netflix...."? Anyone tried to trick Alexa with this?
Thanks for help
Crudelis
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Echo Technical Support / Setting Up Without a Phone
« Last post by Mehitabel on November 11, 2022, 09:06:32 am »
I've recently installed a new Wifi router. I want to synch my Echo Dot with it. But the only instructions I can find refer to the Smartphone app. But I don't want to use a phone. When I originally installed the Dot, I linked it to the router online, via my laptop (if only I could remember how!) and I want to do this again.
How, please?
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa in an endless loop of account set up
« Last post by scottrods on November 10, 2022, 07:45:15 pm »
I recently installed IOS 16.1 on my iPhone 13 mini.  I have since tried to use my Alexa App to make and receive calls from favourite contacts.  Incoming calls fail to connect.  Attempting to make outgoing calls sets me into a loop of being asked to confirm my name, agree to terms and conditions and choosing favourites.  Is there a setting option I am missing

Have you tried the trusty old IT Help desk fix? Turn off the phone, and restart it after a minute or two...???
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Alexa in an endless loop of account set up
« Last post by cmclynda on November 10, 2022, 12:48:35 pm »
I recently installed IOS 16.1 on my iPhone 13 mini.  I have since tried to use my Alexa App to make and receive calls from favourite contacts.  Incoming calls fail to connect.  Attempting to make outgoing calls sets me into a loop of being asked to confirm my name, agree to terms and conditions and choosing favourites.  Is there a setting option I am missing
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Something Has Changed
« Last post by renegade600 on November 08, 2022, 04:08:40 pm »
what Amazon is doing is trying to force users to subscribe to their music service if you want to play specific songs or playlists.    If you need to subscribe to get what you want, take your money to another music service or find a good skill that has the music you want.   
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Something Has Changed
« Last post by jwlv on November 08, 2022, 02:33:53 pm »
You may want to consider using one of the many Alexa skills for nature or sleep sounds. Most of these Alexa skills are made by third parties and not Amazon, therefore not subject to the changes that Amazon made to Prime Music recently.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Something Has Changed
« Last post by AlanH on November 08, 2022, 04:41:01 am »
I don't know anything about Amazon Music's nature sounds, but there has been a recent change to how a request for a particular music artist is managed.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/3/23436887/amazon-music-prime-changes-shuffle-angry-customers
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Something Has Changed
« Last post by moneeman1 on November 07, 2022, 10:47:53 pm »
My wife has tinnitus, and relies on Alexa to play sounds/music all night to allow her to sleep.  This has worked great for several years, until two or three weeks ago (more or less).  At night we tell Alexa to play one of the nature sounds, which she continues to do.  However, now she cuts off after perhaps an hour.  We discovered that she will play longer if you tell her to loop, but then she will only do so playing the requested sound AND SIMILAR.  Well, "similar" doesn't help when you rely on only certain sounds to help you sleep.

Also, Alexa will no longer play ONLY a select requested music artist.  It is always that artist AND SIMILAR!

What happened?  Is there a pronouncement somewhere that says what changed?  More importantly, is there a work around?  Or is there some kind of premium service Amazon is driving us to?  Thanks for any advice.
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The Verge also has a piece on this 'feature'.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/3/23436887/amazon-music-prime-changes-shuffle-angry-customers

Note that this is only a few days after their puff piece with VP Steve Boom where they declaimed how awesome the update is.

It's in that interview where Boom let the cat out of the bag:

"We look at Prime Music as the best service you can get without having to spend an extra $10 a month out in the marketplace. But ultimately, it has limited functionality compared to a full on-demand service and we want people to upgrade at the end of the day."
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa OS incorrectly responding to music requests
« Last post by scottrods on November 05, 2022, 08:10:33 pm »
I haven't used any of the Amazon Music gimmes since I found Echo. I still hang with the freebie version of Pandora for my random listening option. they have a good set of things for me, but not everyone.
If you think Amazon has wronged you, you should have been beaten by Apple when they started Apple music (Not the iTunes it started with). I had thousands of songs curated by me and album art and obscure music not avsailable in any online music venue. Some really awesome stuff that Apple, upon signing up to their Apple music service, Started replacing with "the best, Apple Curated, Versions of songs available in any streaming service". Which meant the most current version of a song that was 30 years old and I had been listening to for years on my digital devices as I had ripped them myself (before most digital tunes were made difficult to rip), some were replaced by songs with the same name, but completely different music... Apple Music SUCKS. If you even go to the Apple store to buy tunes you are familiar with from the 80's let's say... the most commonly purchased option has become the only version of many songs... remastered, a version found on a different album, some other crap...

I feel your pain in the Amazon music debacle already and forsee more similarities to the Apple "upgrade" as well. Best you can do really, is get a stand alone MP3 player and either bluetooth it to your Amazon echo devices or a standalone msuci machine... in my humblest of opinion...
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