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  Reply # 1941491 17-Jan-2018 12:58
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Yes ... Amazon announced Alexa would be coming to Australia and NZ in "early 2018". https://developer.amazon.com/blogs/alexa/post/4079cb25-0e9f-4571-b727-e7ee60a6543e/amazon-alexa-and-alexa-enabled-devices-coming-to-australia-and-new-zealand-in-early-2018

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  Reply # 1941494 17-Jan-2018 13:05
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A couple of questions regarding Echo Show batteries...

 

Amazon.com are selling a couple of different batteries from different suppliers that convert their mains powered Echo Show into a portable device.

 

This would be nice as it would mean I could take my Echo Show out of the kitchen and use in the lounge or garden, etc.

 

However, it been at battery (and I fairly large one too), means that YouShop won't accept it.

 

Q1. Has anyone purchased anyone of these battery products and managed to get it delivered to a NZ address?

 

Q2. Which battery product did you choose and why?


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  Reply # 1941767 18-Jan-2018 01:13
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rogercruse:

 

A couple of questions regarding Echo Show batteries...

 

Amazon.com are selling a couple of different batteries from different suppliers that convert their mains powered Echo Show into a portable device.

 

This would be nice as it would mean I could take my Echo Show out of the kitchen and use in the lounge or garden, etc.

 

However, it been at battery (and I fairly large one too), means that YouShop won't accept it.

 

Q1. Has anyone purchased anyone of these battery products and managed to get it delivered to a NZ address?

 

Q2. Which battery product did you choose and why?

 

 

I have the same requirement for my echo show will follow with interest





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  Reply # 1941777 18-Jan-2018 06:52
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KaroriPete:

 

Just to let you all know that the Alexa app is now accepting New Zealand addresses. No browser dev mode hack required :)

 

 

 

 

Thanks for this info, just picked up the dot when in the states last week and was looking at some complicated hacks to get it NZ friendly. Now for the Alexia app in the Playstore.


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  Reply # 1941839 18-Jan-2018 09:26
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Amazon echo devices go on sale February 1st in NZ...it's arrived...

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  Reply # 1941855 18-Jan-2018 09:43
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Doesn't look like the show or spot will be available. Hopefully they show up soon as well.


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  Reply # 1941888 18-Jan-2018 10:45
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Well, what about that. Updated my address to NZ. The only funny thing that happened was it decided my timezone was Antarctica NZDT. Easily changed to what it should be.

Looks like my scepticism about what "Early 2018" meant was ill-founded.

But Amazon will need to sharpen their introductory prices. I picked up 2 Google Home Minis for $AU74 last week in Sydney. Amazon still showing the Dot for $US49.




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  Reply # 1941901 18-Jan-2018 10:58
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Just received:

 

 

Amazon Music has announced Amazon Music Unlimited will become available in Australia and New Zealand starting February 1, giving music lovers in both countries access to a catalogue of more than 45 million songs and hundreds of playlists and personalised stations. Amazon Music Unlimited features hits from today’s top artists including Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Khalid, and Big Sean, as well as hundreds of hand-curated playlists and personalised stations highlighting acclaimed local musicians including Vance Joy, Courtney Barnett, Gang of Youths, Sia and Morgan Evans. Beginning February 1, new subscribers can sign up for a free 90-day trial of Amazon Music Unlimited for a limited time, and discover the vast catalogue of unlimited, ad-free music streaming within the Amazon Music app for iOS, Android, PC, Mac, and on any Web browser.

 

Beginning today, customers in Australia can preorder an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Plus, with devices beginning to ship early next month. Customers in Australia and New Zealand may also purchase devices at select major retailers in early February. Customers who purchase an Echo device will be able to join the millions of listeners who have experienced the power of using voice for music by pairing Amazon Music Unlimited with Amazon Echo. By combining the ease of voice controls with an expansive catalogue of music, Amazon Music has reimagined the listening experience in the home around the world and now, for Australian and New Zealand users. Customers will be able to ask Alexa to discover and listen to the music they want based on mood, genre, era, artist name, and song or album title. By pairing Amazon Music Unlimited with Alexa and the power of voice, music streaming is now easier and more fun than ever before.

 

  • Want to hear hits from a specific artist? “Alexa, play top songs by Kylie Minogue” or “Alexa, play the hits by Keith Urban.”
  • Looking for a specific playlist? Just ask, “Alexa, play the ‘Divas Down Under’ playlist,” a selection of notable female artists from Australia and New Zealand.
  • Interested in hearing a specific station or song? Simply say, “Alexa, play the ‘Top Australian Pop’ station” or “Alexa, play ‘Adore’ by Amy Shark.”
  • Listeners can request music from a specific genre or decade, like “Alexa, play some 80s rock music.”
  • For a lean back music experience, just say, “Alexa, play music” or “Alexa, play the latest hits” and a station based on your personal listening habits will begin.

“We’ve seen phenomenal feedback from customers who use Amazon Music Unlimited, and we’re thrilled to bring an entirely new world of music streaming possibilities to listeners in Australia and New Zealand,” stated Sean McMullan, Head of International Expansion for Amazon Music. “We’re opening doors for our customers to have access to an incredible catalogue of music, and to be able to listen to some of their favourite artists while using the power of voice in exciting new ways.”

 

In addition to top hits by the world’s hottest artists, Amazon Music Unlimited offers more than 150 playlists and stations featuring popular and emerging artists from the region. Tailored by local Amazon Music experts, playlists including “Women Crush Wednesday” showcases talented female singers from Australia and New Zealand, “Australian Rock Royalty” features five decades of music from rock legends, while “Top 50 Australia” and “Top 40 New Zealand” present songs from local charts, updated weekly so users can easily discover what’s trending and popular in their countries. Stations including “Top Dance,” “Top Alternative,” and “Acoustic Pop” are also available for endless playback across popular genres. Following the theme of spotlighting home-grown talent across the service, Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can also enjoy their favourite kind of music from local artists with a handful of playlists continuously updated with music made exclusively by artists from Australia and New Zealand, spanning various genres including rock, country, and pop.

 

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 vast catalogue of more than 45 million songs available ad-free for offline playback on mobile devices, anywhere and anytime without an internet connection. Customers will find new releases by trending artists from around the world on the “Home” tab; find their own playlists, top artists and favourite songs, genres, albums and more with “My Music” and discover new picks on “Recommended” which highlights song, playlist and artist suggestions provided by Amazon’s celebrated recommendations engine. Starting February 1, customers can explore over 45 million songs with no limits on skips via iOS, Android, Web, PC and Mac in Australia and New Zealand.

 

Amazon Music Unlimited will be available through three monthly plan options: the Echo Plan, offering full access to Amazon Music Unlimited at the breakthrough price of $4.99AUD/month on a single Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Plus; the Individual Plan at $11.99AUD/month; or the Family Plan, coming soon, which will allow up to six members of a household to share a subscription for just $17.99AUD/month. 

 





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  Reply # 1941935 18-Jan-2018 11:45
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Also thought prices excessive, but then you have the Amazon US price plus Youshop >NZ dollar vs Noel Leeming plus gst combo.





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  Reply # 1941988 18-Jan-2018 12:59
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nurcopolics: Amazon echo devices go on sale February 1st in NZ...it's arrived...

 

From which Amazon?

 

 

 

www.amazon.com  - so, I'll be able to order and have item shipped directly

 

www.amazon.com.au - this would mean a fuller range of products being stocked

 

www.amazon.co.nz  - maybe too soon 


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  Reply # 1941994 18-Jan-2018 13:15
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Well, it's accepted my work address and will give me the local weather, which is nice. 

 

I also asked for the nearest pizza and it listed them by distance closest to furthermost away. Nice. 


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  Reply # 1941995 18-Jan-2018 13:16
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http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11977210

 

The Echo would be sold at Noel Leeming and JB Hi-Fi, and came in three versions.

 

The Echo ($179) which was the standard unit, the Dot ($89) which had all the smarts but no speaker and was designed to be connected to one.

 

The Echo Plus ($269) was the taller version, which included a better speaker and technology that made it easier to set up a smart home.





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  Reply # 1941998 18-Jan-2018 13:21
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I actually didn't think the prices were too bad when you compare it to importing them via YouShop. Many people have done that so they know what people are willing to pay.

 

If Google decide to compete against them on price in AU/NZ then I would expect the prices to drop.


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  Reply # 1942096 18-Jan-2018 16:45
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I think the Noel Leeming pre-order special prices are pretty good - $69 for a Dot and $152 for an Echo. Quite a bit cheaper than what I paid for my imports on TM. Might have to liven up a couple more rooms :)


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  Reply # 1942110 18-Jan-2018 18:09
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Amazon Music Unlimited isn't that good of a deal really, considering what you get with Google (youtube red AND music).

 

I was hoping for a "prime" announcement. frown

 

 

 

No echos for me then!  

 

Not that that really mattered, I have 5 GH products (plus the 2 my kids took home) and 3 Chromecasts.

 

 

 

Still wanted Prime tho.


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