I see that there is a Sonos app (or something) that allows you to play a playlist but I just want to issue an ST command to start Echo playing a certain playlist (so I could, for example, use my Apple watch to start an ST command and switch playlists on Echo). Any ideas on how or if this could happen?
Do you have anything that can play voice announcements for an event? A Sonos, VLC-Thing on a computer, etc? Alexa will listen to to that…you just have the voice announcement be something like “Alexa, play …” She hears and obeys.
Nah, I don’t have anything like that – just me (I’m the one who talks :>).
I may have to ask this on the Echo forum and see if there’s some kind of IFTT thingee (assuming then that I can get ST to implement some IFTT code of some sort – this is getting deeper than I’m used to on this end).
What are you using for Media playback? I use Kodi, Core and Kodi device type to do this… I created three virtual momentary switched. The only down side… I have to say “turn on playlist…” I also have a another labeled “forward”. That will skip to the next song.
Hope that helps.
No, it’s just Echo playing the Amazon music.
I have a Harmony device I use to turn the stereo on so that’s no problem – I was just hoping I could have one single command do it all.
I thought this was a native ability in Echo? Can’t you just tell it directly to play your Amazon playlist or station? You shouldn’t need ST for that.
Perhaps I wasn’t clear in my first post – I want to be able to program it so I can just press a button (say on my Apple watch) that runs a rule, say, in ST so I DON’T have to say anything (or, for example, something that triggers when the garage door opens and I come home).
Yes, I can say whatever I want, but that’s not programmable. There are lots of times I would love to just start up the appropriate playlist without speaking.
Gotcha, I misunderstood. I haven’t seen anything yet that can run commands on the Echo (including IFTTT - Alexa is available as a “this” but not a “that”). Seems to be a one-way street so far.
I agree, Right now the echo doesn’t support this. I recommend doing as I did and submitting feedback on the echo asking for this capability. The only thing we can do is ask at this point…