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« Reply #75 on: May 21, 2017, 05:22:28 AM »
I did call Amazon Echo after not being able to get 2Cellos to play.  She said make a playlist of their music.  It was late at night -- not into messing with the Music app.  Then I did.  That works.  Named the playlist Dos Cellos. :D 

The more I work with Amazon's Music app, the more comfortable I am with it.  It is OK.  Will probably renew when my annual subscription runs out.  Spotify does have a major problem.  A lot of talk about it on the Spotify message board, but Spotify does not fix it.
 
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« Reply #76 on: May 21, 2017, 11:57:15 AM »
I did call Amazon Echo after not being able to get 2Cellos to play.  She said make a playlist of their music.  It was late at night -- not into messing with the Music app.  Then I did.  That works.  Named the playlist Dos Cellos. :D 

The more I work with Amazon's Music app, the more comfortable I am with it.  It is OK.  Will probably renew when my annual subscription runs out.  Spotify does have a major problem.  A lot of talk about it on the Spotify message board, but Spotify does not fix it.

That's another good solution, setting up a playlist. I like the name you gave the playlist!

I can use the Amazon music app, but I find it very slow and very limited in what you can do with it, compared to iTunes. I've only used the free Spotify app, on my laptop. That seemed to be somewhere in between Amazon and iTunes in terms of usability. What's the major problem that it has?

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« Reply #77 on: May 22, 2017, 01:04:27 PM »
You can also say "play artist 2Cellos"

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« Reply #78 on: May 23, 2017, 06:33:21 AM »
You can also say "play artist 2Cellos"
I tried that and a few other word combinations.  Echo simply does not recognize the digit 2.
 
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« Reply #79 on: May 23, 2017, 06:44:55 AM »
That's another good solution, setting up a playlist. I like the name you gave the playlist!

I can use the Amazon music app, but I find it very slow and very limited in what you can do with it, compared to iTunes. I've only used the free Spotify app, on my laptop. That seemed to be somewhere in between Amazon and iTunes in terms of usability. What's the major problem that it has?

Dos Cellos -- four years of high school Spanish many years ago.  I thought of naming it Two Cellos, but Amazon already has a Two Cellos playlist which has other artists in it.

I want to use either Amazon's Music Unlimited or Spotify so I can "easily" use voice requests for music on Echo.

I like to shuffle songs / tracks.  Spotify does NOT do true shuffle of at least playlists -- play all songs without repeating a song.  It repeats songs, sometimes repeatedly in a row, within the play of a playlist.  I believe though I'm not quite sure of it that is if you have loop turned on.  If loop is not on it plays a true shuffle.  Again, I'm not sure of that.  It may repeat songs whether loop is on or not.  And I don't know if all that is true or not when playing an artist or an album.
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« Reply #80 on: May 28, 2017, 08:07:51 AM »
I just purchased the Echo Dot. Still trying to get used to using it. I am working on getting more products in my home to make it more of a smart home so it will be more useful. I have tried asking alexa questions. I get a lot of "humm I don't know the answer to that". I have to work on more specific questions. Its an interesting little device. I don't have a problem with the speakers, I haven't connected to any other external speakers, it is loud enough so far.

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« Reply #81 on: May 28, 2017, 11:04:52 AM »
I just purchased the Echo Dot. Still trying to get used to using it. I am working on getting more products in my home to make it more of a smart home so it will be more useful. I have tried asking alexa questions. I get a lot of "humm I don't know the answer to that". I have to work on more specific questions. Its an interesting little device. I don't have a problem with the speakers, I haven't connected to any other external speakers, it is loud enough so far.

I use a blue tooth speaker in another room when I'm listening to music or an audio book. I can't ask it anything that way, but it's fine for just listening.


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« Reply #82 on: June 13, 2017, 06:16:17 PM »
Yesterday both my echo and dot shut down.  I called the 7/24 number on Amazon.com.  Amazon will not let the echo or the dot work on unsecured computers.  Because of these updates, I had to sign up with Cloud Technologies, I had io pay $29.99 and every month a other $29.99.  This is until the $300.00 total is paid.  I am so angry.   They held my echo and dot hostage until I paid.  Wondering if kindles are next. When I found my echo and dot off line I tried for a hour to get them back on line.  Nothing worked.  I called Amazon.  They transferred me to Comcast.  Poor guy tried everything, nothing.  Got transferred to Comcast in N.J.  Second guy tried everything, nothing.  Called Amazon  cloud Technologies. Nit took this guy a hour to get echo and the dot online.
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« Reply #83 on: June 14, 2017, 12:11:12 AM »
  Amazon will not let the echo or the dot work on unsecured computers.


This sounds really bogus to me. What do they mean by "unsecured computer"? Who is your internet provider? How are you connected to the internet?
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« Reply #84 on: June 14, 2017, 03:13:11 AM »

This sounds really bogus to me. What do they mean by "unsecured computer"? Who is your internet provider? How are you connected to the internet?

Yeah . . . weird to me, too. You shouldn't even need to HAVE a computer, if I've understood correctly (with the caveat that I have no Echo/Dot devices and no interest in having one). Though you DO need to have wifi, I guess. Very strange.

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« Reply #85 on: June 14, 2017, 05:56:49 AM »
I am not techie.  I looked up "unsecured computer".  Maybe that should be "unsecured computer network".  If geniebeanie is using her Echo and Dot at home, hopefully she would be on her own locked network?
 
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« Reply #86 on: June 23, 2017, 12:13:43 PM »
This is what I've been waiting for! NEW TIMER/REMINDER FUNCTIONS!

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Introducing two new ways to make the most of your time. First, Alexa users can now set named timers. Second, you can ask for proactive reminders about upcoming events or tasks and Alexa will notify you through your Echo device. Just ask:

 - "Alexa, set a pasta timer for 9 minutes."
 - "Alexa, remind me to call Mom on Saturday at 2pm."
 - "Alexa, what are my reminders this weekend?"

I just tested the timer. When time was up, Echo beeped as usual and also said, "Your pasta timer is done." This is going to be a great help since I can't always remember why I set a particular timer, especially when I have several at once. ::)

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« Reply #87 on: June 23, 2017, 06:01:01 PM »
This is what I've been waiting for! NEW TIMER/REMINDER FUNCTIONS!

From an email I received:

I just tested the timer. When time was up, Echo beeped as usual and also said, "Your pasta timer is done." This is going to be a great help since I can't always remember why I set a particular timer, especially when I have several at once. ::)

I have that problem as well. This is a blessing.


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Today only, Amazon Echo is $50 off ($129.99).

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« Reply #89 on: August 07, 2017, 12:27:16 PM »
Guess I'm a little late to the ECHO party.  I've had an ECHO from the beginning when they offered it for $99 to Prime members.  Got it, set it up and promptly forgot about it.  Seldom ever used it for anything other than the weather forecast.  I decided I needed to use it or sell it so I enabled some skills and found I enjoyed playing music.  I like to play relaxing sounds in the background as I read.  When the Dot went on sale several months ago I bought it thinking to put it in the bedroom.  I left it sitting on the counter for almost six months and finally got it set up today but I the sound was not as good as the ECHO.  I happened to think of my Bose Soundlink speaker and discovered I could pair it with the Dot and have the great sound I wanted.  So, a little late to the party but I'm loving it.

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« Reply #90 on: August 07, 2017, 01:35:01 PM »
Guess I'm a little late to the ECHO party.  I've had an ECHO from the beginning when they offered it for $99 to Prime members.  Got it, set it up and promptly forgot about it.  Seldom ever used it for anything other than the weather forecast.  I decided I needed to use it or sell it so I enabled some skills and found I enjoyed playing music.  I like to play relaxing sounds in the background as I read.  When the Dot went on sale several months ago I bought it thinking to put it in the bedroom.  I left it sitting on the counter for almost six months and finally got it set up today but I the sound was not as good as the ECHO.  I happened to think of my Bose Soundlink speaker and discovered I could pair it with the Dot and have the great sound I wanted.  So, a little late to the party but I'm loving it.

I got it early at $99 too.  Used it for music from the beginning.  So easy just to request and it plays . . . mostly.  There are problems occasionally with voice requesting.  I have subscribed to Amazon Unlimited Music.  I don't often think of it for information on whatever subject.  Getting more into Echo as a dictionary -- spelling and definition.  How far is it from here to there?  You get "as the crow flies" answer.  And as I'm watching TV shows or movies . . . how old is??

And a very good skill -- check out Sleep and Relaxation Sounds by Jeff Bolton.  Other than for a few basic sleep sounds, there will soon be a charge.  Well worth it as far as I'm concerned.

etexlady, you might enjoy the Tap.  Smaller sound, but good quality.  When it first came out, didn't see the point in it if it had to be charged.  I did order it on Prime Day.  Happy I did.   :)
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« Reply #91 on: August 08, 2017, 01:47:36 AM »
I have an Echo in the living room & I have a Tap. I had a dot in the bedroom that I used to connect my Tap to it via bluetooth, but since they added Hands Free Voice control to the Tap I didn't need the Dot anymore (gave it to a friend) I love the Echo & Tap use them both daily. I also have the skill Sleep and Relaxation Sounds by Jeff Bolton :)

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« Reply #92 on: August 08, 2017, 03:30:15 AM »
I also have the skill Sleep and Relaxation Sounds by Jeff Bolton :)

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« Reply #93 on: August 09, 2017, 08:07:20 PM »
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« Reply #95 on: August 23, 2017, 10:01:57 PM »
I took my Tap speaker to Minneapolis with me two weeks ago and discovered that it does not recognize where you are. Had to fix the location in the settings. I used it for the alarm and to listen to Minnesota Public Radio, news and classical through itunes. I had to reset the wi-fi on the 4th day when the Hilton Honors wi-fi expired and spent a lot of time on it that morning. Even my iphone wasn't going to the page where I needed to put the promo code in.
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« Reply #96 on: August 24, 2017, 05:15:44 AM »
I took my Tap speaker to Minneapolis with me two weeks ago and discovered that it does not recognize where you are. Had to fix the location in the settings. I used it for the alarm and to listen to Minnesota Public Radio, news and classical through itunes. I had to reset the wi-fi on the 4th day when the Hilton Honors wi-fi expired and spent a lot of time on it that morning. Even my iphone wasn't going to the page where I needed to put the promo code in.

Was wondering what I'd have to do with Tap when I travel with it.  Go into Alexa app on iPhone and change various settings including wifi?  Does it automatically recognize wifi when you get home?
 
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« Reply #97 on: October 01, 2017, 02:47:57 AM »
Was wondering what I'd have to do with Tap when I travel with it.  Go into Alexa app on iPhone and change various settings including wifi?  Does it automatically recognize wifi when you get home?

My Tap does automatically recognize my wi-fi when I get home after having it out.

One day this week I wanted to sleep an extra hour (need to tell Tap to set alarm . .. ) and then found out that it was not connected to wi-fi. I had the worst time trying to get it reconnected and I was half-awake. Wasted 40 minutes on it. I got it back after I got home from work late that night. It came on without my doing anything. This was after my Echo in the living room went offline and then came back after I turned on my laptop (my Echo connects to my laptop bluetooth, but I don't know why that brought the wi-fi back). Then I checked the Tap and it was also connected to Wi-Fi and I've had no problems since then.
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« Reply #98 on: October 01, 2017, 08:36:54 AM »
My Tap does automatically recognize my wi-fi when I get home after having it out.

One day this week I wanted to sleep an extra hour (need to tell Tap to set alarm . .. ) and then found out that it was not connected to wi-fi. I had the worst time trying to get it reconnected and I was half-awake. Wasted 40 minutes on it. I got it back after I got home from work late that night. It came on without my doing anything. This was after my Echo in the living room went offline and then came back after I turned on my laptop (my Echo connects to my laptop bluetooth, but I don't know why that brought the wi-fi back). Then I checked the Tap and it was also connected to Wi-Fi and I've had no problems since then.

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« Reply #99 on: October 01, 2017, 08:51:00 AM »
I went to see Bruce Springsteen in 2016, and subsequently purchased the MP3s of the show. Boy oh boy did it have a long weird name (which included the concert name in the date) when I uploaded it to Amazon, so rather than renaming, I created a playlist - Springsteen Baltimore. Definitely easier to say!