We are demonstrating a new capability for our SoundTouch products at the CEDIA trade show in Dallas this week—a Skill for the Amazon Alexa platform that enables Bose SoundTouch customers to control elements of the SoundTouch experience by speaking to an Amazon Echo, Dot, or Tap. With the Skill, users can:
Play your favorite music from your SoundTouch Presets.
Play a Preset in a specific room.
Play/pause/resume and skip tracks.
Play the same music everywhere.
Find out what’s playing.
…all simply by using your voice. And there’s more to come as the Alexa and SoundTouch platforms continue to evolve. The Alexa Skill for SoundTouch will be available in early 2017. The Skill will be compatible with all SoundTouch systems, so current SoundTouch owners can enjoy this feature with a free software update.
One feature I would like to see and shouldn't take a lot of work but would add to the utility of the Soundtouch - how about associating one of the USB ports as the address for a user's music library, preferably in iTunes format. That way you could plug a card reader into that port and access your music without needing an NAS or other WiFi source. This would enable your Wave with Soundtouch to access your music natively from a SD card plugged into the reader. Updates would merely be a matter of updating the card and would be much less expensive than other methods of accessing your music library. Considering you only use the USB for initial setup, it's not like you don't have it abailable for this use. It would probably work better, too.
Will this integration also prevent the soundtouch from going to sleep? Highly annoying to walk into the room "echo resume" to continue my playlist where it left off, only to realise the soundtouch has gone to sleep and I have to go turn it on!!