Does The Echo Show 15 Play Music (And Tips On How To Use It)
The Amazon Echo Show 15 is Amazon’s flagship smart home hub smart display. It has a 15” screen and is meant to be mounted on the wall in a central location in your home. It can make doing daily tasks simple, helping with workflow. Since it is designed to be so central and music helps with workflow, does the Echo Show 15 play music?
The Amazon Echo Show 15 has two built-in 1.6-inch speakers that can play music. Due to the design of the Echo Show 15’s wall-mounted design, the small speakers are more suited to Alexa’s voice rather than bass-heavy music.
The previous generation of high-end Amazon Echo was the Echo Show 10. The Echo Show 10 was more like a 10-inch smart home display screen mounted to a large bass-heavy Bluetooth speaker. Whereas the Echo Show 15 is more like a smart home hub disguised as a picture frame hanging on the wall.
Does the Echo Show 15 Play Music?
Just because the Echo Show 15 doesn’t have a subwoofer attached to it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have the volume to make music or a podcast enjoyable while you are cooking dinner in your kitchen. The only downside is that the small speakers don’t have much midrange or bass response. Making voices or podcasts sound much clearer coming through the tiny speakers.
The Echo Show 15 natively supports these music apps:
- Apple Music
- Amazon Music
- BBC Sounds
- YouTube Music
It also has the Silk browser, so it’s possible to find other audio sources online, such as YouTube.
You are also not limited to the built-in speakers of the Echo Show 15. As a smart home hub, it is just that, a hub. You can connect your Echo Show 15 to Bluetooth speakers; however it doesn’t have an audio out, so it would have to be connected in other ways.
How to Download Music Apps to the Echo Show 15
The Amazon Echo Show does apps a little differently from most devices. There is no simple Google Play store or Apple app store to download your desired applications from. Amazon wants to integrate their digital home assistant Alexa as much as possible into their smart home hub. As such, you will need to utilize Alexa Skills to download and install your apps.
What are Alexa Skills?
You can think of Alexa Skills as a mix somewhere between an application and a command or a combination of both. Amazon wants to turn Alexa into the most efficient assistant possible. To do that properly, she has to have as many skills as possible. You can get Alexa to read the daily news to you from a particular site, play games with you, or even read the weather for you.
There are currently over 100,000 different Alexa skills, and the number is ever-growing. The Echo Show 15 comes with many pre-installed Alexa Skills, such as the ability to give the command to check the weather or open a particular YouTube video. These types of commands are Alexa Skills. With these skills, you can install your music apps and control your music.
Controlling your Music with Alexa Skills
The easiest way to set up Alexa Skills is with the Alexa app. The Alexa app is available for both iOS devices and Android devices.
- Open the Alexa app on your phone
- Tap the Menu Icon in the lower right corner of your screen
- Select Skills & Games from the list
- Browse through the list of Alexa Skills or Search for specific Skills
- Tap the Alexa Skill you want to add to your Echo Show 15 to see the Skill Description and menu
- Tap the Enable Skill button
Some Alexa Skills require other preinstalled Alexa Skills to work. It all depends on which Skills you try and install. The Skill will usually tell you its requirements, and the Alexa app will usually take you step-by-step through the setup to enable the pre-requisite Skills.
Third-Party Speakers with Amazon Echo Show 15
If you decide that you want to use your Amazon Echo Show 15 with a third-party speaker, all you will need is the ability to connect via Bluetooth. The Amazon Echo Show 15 will show up as a Bluetooth device that can be paired to. Once paired, the Echo Show 15 will be able to broadcast your music to any Bluetooth-connected speakers.
While you might not get the best bass response or music fidelity out of the Echo Show 15, that’s not really what it was designed for. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be a functional music powerhouse. You can connect it to third-party speak