Here's When Amazon's Music Streaming Service Is Coming To Australia

Randall Craig
January 19, 2018

Amazon states that Alexa will deliver an "all-new experience" Australian consumers, alongside a new "Alexa Australia and New Zealand edition", with local knowledge, and skills built by Australian developers. Priced at £120 in the United Kingdom (or £200 for two), the Spot offers the ability to watch Amazon Video on its 2.5-in screen, take video calls and stream music through Amazon Music and Spotify - the differentiating factor from a Dot here being that lyrics can appear on screen for your very own karaoke sess (when using the former).

Until recently, "Alexa, play 90's alternative radio on Pandora" was probably the most common phrase uttered in my home.

All three Echo smart speakers are powered by Alexa, the personal assistant developed by Amazon. The Echo ($179) is the standard unit, while the Dot ($89) has all the smarts but no speaker and is created to be connected to one.

Online retailer Amazon has announced that the Echo devices will be available in Australia starting next month, together with its Music Unlimited service.

Like the Google Home, it responds to your voice in a variety of ways, offering hands-free access to music, weather, news and information.

Michael continues, "We are incredibly excited to be the first employment marketplace in Australia to be able to offer voice-activated job search and career insights for our customers with Amazon Echo and Alexa". The company is offering discounted pricing to boost the take-up.

The devices will ship from Amazon in early February, and will also be available at JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, Telstra and Myer.

Named Westpac Banking Skill, the project has seen the development of a range of functions such as account balance updates and announcements of recent transactions, while it also enables users to receive Westpac's finance industry news bulletins.

Amazon Music Unlimited will launch with three monthly plan options: the full access Echo Plan at AU$4.99, the Individual Plan at AU$11.99, or the Family Plan, coming soon, in which up to six people can share a subscription for AU$17.99.

Aussie brands including Airtasker, REA Group, Hipages, Seek, EnergyAustralia, Qantas and NAB have been quick to launch their own "skills" for Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, following news that local customers can officially buy the retail giant's Echo voice-based interaction speakers from February.

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