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Sleep Sounds Skill on Echo
« on: August 05, 2017, 05:46:33 AM »
Sleep Sounds deserves a thread of its own.  I love it!

It's an Echo skill -- technical name is "Sleep and Relaxation Sounds" by Jeff Bolton.  Link  Has excellent reviews.  Decent length list of nature and white noise sounds to choose from.  List is growing.  And there are features -- you can combine two or three sounds and create your own custom sounds.

Yesterday when I requested a sound to play, Alexa said could get a Premium Membership for a one-time $14.95 charge for three days.  I signed up!  If you're into nature and white noise sounds, I would recommend it.  Link
 
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Re: Sleep Sounds Skill on Echo
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2017, 07:54:17 AM »
Sleep Sounds deserves a thread of its own.  I love it!

It's an Echo skill -- technical name is "Sleep and Relaxation Sounds" by Jeff Bolton.  Link  Has excellent reviews.  Decent length list of nature and white noise sounds to choose from.  List is growing.  And there are features -- you can combine two or three sounds and create your own custom sounds.

Yesterday when I requested a sound to play, Alexa said could get a Premium Membership for a one-time $14.95 charge for three days.  I signed up!  If you're into nature and white noise sounds, I would recommend it.  Link

I am a little confused. I do not have Prime Music Unlimited. Is the membership you are talking about just for sleep sounds, or for Prime Unlimited?

ETA: I have figured it out. The Sleep Sounds Premium Membership is a separate membership and is a one time lifetime fee for the next couple of days. I decided to go for it.
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Re: Sleep Sounds Skill on Echo
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2017, 09:26:15 AM »
I have the highly rated Letro Fan machine that has a variety of sounds on it.  I like it because it will play a continuous loop of the sound you select until you turn it off.  Not clear to me that Sleep Sounds will let one do that.  If not, I suppose you could string together a number of sounds to last all night.

EDIT to add:  I explored a little further and it seems Sleep Sounds will allow a continuous loop. 
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Re: Sleep Sounds Skill on Echo
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2017, 11:11:05 AM »
Yes, Sleep Sounds is separate from Amazon Music.  And yes, Sleep Sounds runs continuously until you turn it off. 

I've been e-mailing with Jeff Bolton this morning.  Very responsive. 

I * love * Sleep Sounds.  It's my kinda thing.  :)  Well worth the current one-time lifetime $14.95 charge.
 
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Re: Sleep Sounds Skill on Echo
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2017, 05:05:05 PM »
One time I asked for soothing nature sounds before I knew how to set a sleep timer. I woke up to the sound of rushing water. At first I thought the toilet was running but it was way louder than that. Then I thought a pipe had burst inside the walls.

I started yelling for my grandson and he came running in. When I explained what I'd heard, he laughed and said, "Alexa, stop." It was a waterfall sound.

My only excuse is that I'd been woken out of a sound sleep.

I don't think I'll be trying any nature sounds anytime soon.



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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2017, 05:24:28 PM »
Exploding volcanoes and charging elephants are, after all "nature sounds". ::) ;) ;D

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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2017, 06:16:45 PM »
Exploding volcanoes and charging elephants are, after all "nature sounds". ::) ;) ;D

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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2017, 09:24:12 PM »
So how do I set Sleep Sounds to play for a determined time and then shut off? I don't need to wake up in the middle of the night to whale sounds.
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« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2017, 09:33:51 PM »
So how do I set Sleep Sounds to play for a determined time and then shut off? I don't need to wake up in the middle of the night to whale sounds.

For Sleep Sounds, for music, for anything -- say "Set sleep timer for X hours / minutes."  Make sure she confirms something about stop playing in X hours / minutes.  If not, timer will go off in the middle of the night which happened to me.
 
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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2017, 09:38:12 PM »
Exploding volcanoes and charging elephants are, after all "nature sounds". ::) ;) ;D

Elephants?!  :)
 
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Re: Sleep Sounds Skill on Echo
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2017, 06:27:51 AM »
I purchased the lifetime membership today and it was $19.99 - still a very good deal IMHO

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« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2017, 06:32:02 AM »
I purchased the lifetime membership today and it was $19.99 - still a very good deal IMHO

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Re: Sleep Sounds Skill on Echo
« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2017, 09:09:49 PM »
For a few days when I request Seaside sound on Sleep Sounds, I get reply, "I don't know how to play that sound."  Before I contact either Jeff Bolton or Amazon, I'd like to know if anyone else is having a problem with that particular sound?
 
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« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2017, 09:20:54 PM »
I just tried it and it played. I said "Open Sleep Sounds" and then "Play Seaside". Did you phrase it differently perhaps?

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Re: Sleep Sounds Skill on Echo
« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2017, 10:08:25 PM »
I just tried it and it played. I said "Open Sleep Sounds" and then "Play Seaside". Did you phrase it differently perhaps?

This is ridiculous on whose part?  Some place in Jeff Bolton's instructions he said to say, "Open Sleep Sounds and play [sound]."  Not having to say, "Open Sleep Sounds," and wait for reply and then make request for particular sound.  That is what I do.  It works for other sounds I've played and has worked for Seaside previously, but not in the past few days.  I just tried the two requests separately -- it worked.  ???

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Re: Sleep Sounds Skill on Echo
« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2017, 11:17:25 PM »
This is ridiculous on whose part?  Some place in Jeff Bolton's instructions he said to say, "Open Sleep Sounds and play [sound]."  Not having to say, "Open Sleep Sounds," and wait for reply and then make request for particular sound.  That is what I do.  It works for other sounds I've played and has worked for Seaside previously, but not in the past few days.  I just tried the two requests separately -- it worked.  ???

Thanks.  :)

I think I did it the way I did because I completely forgot there was a quicker way to do it! Thanks for reminding me, and I'm glad you have Seaside working again.

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