Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions.
This week’s skill: myMedia
Description: My Media for Alexa installs a tiny media server on your computer that integrates with the ease and power of Amazon Alexa to give you voice control over your media collection. My Media lets you stream your music collection to your Amazon Echo or Amazon Dot without having to upload all your music collection to the Cloud.
Real world use: There’s a lot of people who have tons of digital music stored up over the years – not unlike the days when CDs would litter the music listening room or you had to step carefully getting into the passenger seat of someone’s car due to the floorboard being littered with tape cases. Music hoarding, I guess you could say.
I’ve been lucky enough that I’m free of physical music files. I just stream from Amazon and don’t rely on local files. If I need an MP3 for some reason, I’ll just download it and delete it later after listening to it. My music life is clutter-free.
However, there are those, like the aforementioned, that still hoard music files. Maybe they really believe the Don McLean song “American Pie” that suggests music could really die. Who knows? But, for those people who want to store and play music files locally, myMedia is a great solution. myMedia installs an agent on a PC or Mac and it can also run on Linux, Raspberry Pi, and in a Docker instance. The agent connects with Alexa to allow voice control over the files on the computer so they stream from the computer to the Alexa device. This is a great solution, too, for those who are locked-in to the iTunes ecosystem and want to play those sound files though Alexa speakers.
myMedia, though, is not free. There’s a free 7-day trial, but after that here’s what you’re looking at for a yearly subscription:
- $5 – Single media server, 1 year subscription, Unlimited media, 2 family share accounts
- $10 – 2 media servers, 1 year subscription, Unlimited media, 5 family share accounts
- $15 – 5 media servers, 1 year subscription, Unlimited media, 25 family share accounts
The service: http://www.mymediaalexa.com
Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Echo 2, Dot, Tap, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Look, Echo Connect, Dash Wand, Amazon Cloud Cam, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, in the Music app, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.
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