Amazon Music Unlimited coming to ANZ Feb 1

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Australian customers can pre-order an Echo with shipping starting in early February, but New Zealanders must pick them up in stores.

Following a fairly mixed reception to its "Echo Show" offering, Amazon is targeting its alarm clock-cum-smart-camera, the Echo Spot, in the European market with its United Kingdom launch. And with them comes our own true-blue Alexa, with what we can only assume is going to be a fair dinkum Aussie accent.

SEEK is launching voice activated job search in Australia, through Amazon Alexa, meaning SEEK users will be among the first in Australia to access career, company and job updates and insights simply by using their voice. Content services include news bulletin and weather information, access local knowledge, following favourite sports teams, read ebooks, play music, set timers and alarms, check calendars and create shopping lists. In addition, the company is offering Amazon retail discounts to those who register for AGL online services in tandem with the new skills launch. With a 2.5-inch woofer, a dedicated tweeter, 360-degree audio and Dolby sound, it's a capable standalone smart speaker for any home.

If that doesn't convince you then just like the other Echo speakers you can connect it to smart lighting systems and even the Nest and Hive smart heating systems.

The Echo Dot is the baby of the bunch and is a great way to smarten up the home at an affordable cost. The smart speakers go on sale in early February, and will be up for purchase at JB Hi-FI, Officeworks, Telstra and Myer.

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Echo device holders can access a 90 day trial of Amazon Music Unlimited for a limited time.

Of course, you can also use Amazon Music Unlimited with the range of Amazon Echo devices, the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Plus, also now on their way to Australian and New Zealand shores. At the least, Amazon Music Unlimited is priced competitively.

Amazon's family of Echo devices will be locally available in three versions; the standard Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Plus.

With the coming expansion, subscribers to the Individual Plan and Family Plan in Australia and New Zealand will have access to the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android, making a catalogue of almost 45 million songs available ad-free for offline playback on mobile devices, anywhere and anytime without an internet connection.

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