Amazon Echo range and Music Unlimited service coming to Australia and New Zealand

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Amazon has announced that its Music Unlimited service and Alexa-powered speakers — Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot — will be available in Australia and New Zealand next month.

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The company’s music streaming service gives users access to a catalog of more than 45 million songs. It will launch in the two countries on February 1, when Aussies and Kiwis will be able to sign up for a free 90-day trial. After that, a monthly subscription will be required to continue to use the service.

Users will be able to choose between three plans. The Echo Plan is the cheapest one, offering access to the service via a single Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Plus speaker for AUD $4.99. Next up is the Individual Plan at AUD $11.99 per month that also lets you access the music service from a mobile device or PC. The last option is the Family Plan, allowing up to six members of a household to share a subscription for AUD $17.99 per month.

Starting today, Australians can pre-order the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Plus on Amazon’s website. The first one costs $119, the Dot goes for $49, while the Plus model can be yours for $199. All three will officially be released on February 1. Consumers in Australia and New Zealand will also be able to pick up Echo devices at select major retailers, although there’s no word on which ones exactly at this point.

In case you’re not familiar, the Echo speakers are powered by Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant and can be controlled with voice commands. You can ask the device what the weather is like, manage calendar events, and tell it to play songs from the Unlimited Music service, among loads of other things.

Will you be picking one up? Let us know in the comments.

via Android Authority

January 18, 2018 at 12:08AM