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SiriusXM launches an Alexa skill for Echo access


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Amazon Echo owners can now access another music-related service through their smart speaker: SiriusXM.

The US satellite-radio service has launched its own Alexa skill, making more than 200 of its channels available for listening through Amazon devices.

The skill works by getting people to say ‘Alexa, play X on SiriusXM’ – with ‘X’ being the name of the station they’re after, from Howard Stern to The Beatles Channel.

The skill will only work for SiriusXM trial or paid subscribers, via a ‘set me up to stream’ page on the SiriusXM website. Live sports are as big a part of this as music, it should be noted: Baseball, basketball, ice hockey and NASCAR racing are among the live-sports channels available.

“Music, news, and sports are already some of the most popular categories of content on Alexa, and SiriusXM brings even more choices to customers,” said Amazon’s Steve Rabuchin in a statement.

Stuart Dredge

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