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Amazon Music app gets new car mode with Alexa voice control

In the same week that Spotify added voice control to its app for safer hands-free use while driving, Amazon added a new feature called Car Mode to its music app.

The Amazon Music app for iOS and Android received the update this week, which features a streamlined interface with bigger buttons and less text, making it easy to use in the car. To discourage you from touching the screen hole while driving, Alexa is on board to help you find music by asking the assistant for a certain artist, album, playlist or genre.

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Amazon made car mode automatically activated when your smartphone is connected to a car via Bluetooth. Open the Amazon Music app and the car mode interface will come to life. It can also be activated manually from the app menu, if you want to listen to music using an audio cable instead of Bluetooth.

Preset playlists, stations and albums are served to help you find music without searching through lists or typing. You can also adjust these presets when you’re not driving, so that the next time you use the app, the music you want is featured first. The key here is to reduce the amount of time spent staring and touching the screen.

Car mode is activated when your phone connects to a car via BluetoothiStock

You should only really touch your smartphone when it is stopped, so most of the time you can ask Alexa to help you. The Amazon Music app already had Alexa support, where your phone’s microphone will be open, ready to hear the wake word “Alexa”.

It didn’t make much sense before, but now with car mode it means you can interact with the app without touching your phone, or even looking at it. Essentially, Car Mode turns your smartphone into a streamlined Echo Show smart display, sitting on your dashboard or mounted on the windshield and ready to play the music you ask for.

Alexa stops listening to her name and the microphone turns off when you close the app. Alexa and Car Mode both work on all Amazon Music subscription levels, so all Prime subscribers can use it.

Check out The GearBrain, our smart home compatibility search engine to see other compatible products that work with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices.

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