Echo Plus connects to Alexa - a cloud-based voice service - to play music, make calls, set timers and alarms, ask questions, check traffic and weather, and more - instantly. With the built-in hub you can directly set up and control your smart home devices. Just ask for a song, artist, or genre from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more. Echo Plus can also play audiobooks, radio stations, news briefs, and more. With seven microphones, beamforming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo hears you from any direction - even while music is playing.