Our non-affiliated MediaServer skill controls all aspects of the venerable
Logitech Media Server (LMS), from basic transport commands like play/pause/next plus changing the volume, to
requesting specific songs and albums by artist and title or genre. It also allows you to set up and control
multi-room groups using just your voice. Moving to another room? With the follow me command you can
transfer the current playlist to other player(s) as you move about. You can even stream audio from LMS for
playback on an Echo device in rooms without a Squeezebox player — any required transcoding of
audio formats not natively supported by the Echo is handled automatically by LMS. During streaming, your Echo
appears as a normal Squeezebox player in the LMS GUI so you can control it via e.g. iPeng or Material
An installer is available to automatically prepare your LMS instance for secure cloud-access over https. Combined with Amazon's app-to-app account-linking, it makes installation a breeze !
As you get used to the Voice User Experience, you'll want to employ it in all aspects of
your life — so too with selecting the music you listen to. The original Squeezebox pioneered
wide-scale streaming of audio from your own server so you no longer had to handle physical LPs or CDs to
change the playlist. Now, our Alexa skill frees you from having to select LMS music by App or in a browser.
Controlling everything using just your voice makes for a truly hands-free listening experience !
As a bonus, MediaServer makes extensive use of Amazon's APL to display Cover Art and other metadata on Echo's with screens !
The MediaServer skill is free to enable and use for transport and audio
related commands such as changing the volume, asking "what song is this?", commanding "skip ahead 2
minutes", or requesting "go to track 5".
To access premium commands for playing specific album/track/genre choices, a monthly subscription is available via In-Skill Purchase (ISP). It's free to evaluate for 7 days for first-time subscribers, thereafter costing $2.99 or £2.99 (ex. taxes) per month. There's no minimum contract and you can cancel at any time using just your voice. For much less than the cost of a subscription to e.g. Spotify, you can enjoy audio streaming from your own locally-stored music with no device-limits. Just enable the skill and say "Get me a subscription" to enjoy LMS streaming to your Echos plus full voice control of all your Squeezeboxes !
MediaServer has a free sister-skill called LMS-lite that uses exactly the same
account-linking and setup process to add all your players to the Alexa app as smart home devices. From
there, you can add your players to room-groups and to routines to do clever things like
switch them on/off together with your amplifier, control them in scenes, or add them to your Goodnight
routine. This also provides invocation-name free access to the most popular control commands. Besides
English, LMS-lite features French and German language support with more locales planned. Install both skills
for the ultimate LMS voice-control experience !