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    ARIA Popular Classical Music

If you are within hearing distance of any Amazon Alexa enabled device then the easiest way to listen to ARIA is simply to command the device “Alexa, Play ARIA Radio”.  To stop playing the music, simply say “Alexa, Stop”.  (There is no need to first load in or enable any special skill, Alexa can play ARIA as part of its core series of features.)

Note that you can listen to our music not only on dedicated Amazon Alexa/Echo devices, but also on your phone if it has the Alexa app loaded.  (You can also listen on your phone by going to our website and simply clicking on the play option from the web page.  Yes, we will be adding a lovely custom-app in the future, too.)

Once you have become familiar with turning ARIA’s music on and off on your devices, you can “graduate to the next level” and get even more enjoyment and use out of your Echo devices and ARIA.  Here are three ideas for you.

1.  Listen to ARIA in Stereo

If you have two Echo speakers of a compatible type, you can combine them so that they will together act as a pair of stereo speakers, for the full musical experience.  Here is the current list of Echo speakers and what each type can be paired with to create a stereo system.  Of course, you’ll get the best results if you use two identical model Echo speakers.

To combine two speakers into a stereo pair, go to the Alexa app on your phone.  Select Devices and then the “+” symbol (probably near the top of the screen).  Select the “Combine Speakers” option, then choose “Stereo pair/subwoofer”.  Choose the two devices you wish to combine from the list of devices on the page that appears.

Once you’ve done that, you simply say “Alexa, play ARIA Radio” the same as you always would to one of the two paired speakers, and you’ll then hear stereo sound coming out of both speakers.

2.  Use ARIA as the alarm sound when setting alarms.

This is a very lovely way to start your day, making your alarm about as happy-making as a morning alarm ever can be!  Use any Alexa device in your bedroom as an alarm clock, and have it wake you to ARIA music.  What a great way to start your day – no angry buzzing alarm, but the sweet sounds of beautiful music.

To do this, simply say, “Alexa, set an alarm for [time] to play ARIA Radio”.  For example, if you wanted an alarm at 7am you’d say “Alexa, set an alarm for seven a m to play ARIA Radio”.

3.  Have ARIA play on multiple devices simultaneously.

This third suggestion is truly life-enhancing and is probably our favorite of the three (saving the best for last!).  You can set up some or all of the Alexa devices in your home (or office, etc) to all play ARIA simultaneously.  As you move about your home, you never miss out on a single note of the music you love.

To do this, you need to create a group of speakers.  You can create multiple groups – maybe one for the entire house, and also one for just upstairs, another for just downstairs.

Go to the Alexa app on your phone.  Select Devices and the then “+” symbol that you’ll see probably somewhere near the top of the screen.  Select the Add Group option, and then chose the Create a room or device group option.  Simply give the group a name and then add the speakers you want to that group.  You can add a mix of single speakers and stereo speaker paired combinations too.

Then to play music on that group of speakers, say “Alexa play ARIA Radio on [name of your group]”, and get ready for music flowing evenly throughout your home.  Yay!

The Best Echo Speakers to Use

No surprise here to learn that the most expensive Echo speakers are also the best ones to use.  Echo Studios or fullsize Echos will be the best, then the next best would be the Echo Dot speakers.  But even the tiny Echo Pop units work surprisingly well, particularly if you use them in stereo pairs.

Lots More ARIA/Alexa Capabilities Coming

Amazon tells us they’ll be giving us additional and exciting new features and capabilities some time around the middle of this year.  We are very eagerly awaiting these, and will tell you more about them when they have been released.