Technology Amazon brings its Echo smart speakers and Music Unlimited service to 28 new countries

11:07  09 december  2017
11:07  09 december  2017 Source:   TechCrunch

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Amazon .com: Amazon Music Unlimited Expands to 28 More Countries Around the World. Todd Bishop / GeekWire: Amazon bringing Echo and Alexa to 80 additional countries in major global expansion.

Amazon is continuing to push its media services worldwide after it expanded its Alexa smart speakers and its standalone Music Unlimited service to an additional 28 countries today.

Amazon Echo.© AP Photo/Elaine Thompson Amazon Echo. Amazon is continuing to push its media services worldwide after it expanded its Alexa smart speakers and its standalone Music Unlimited service to an additional 28 countries today.

The company took its Prime Video service global a year ago and last month it rolled a Fire TV Stick for over 100 countries, but now the music component of its entertainment services -- which became a standalone service last year -- is getting a wider rollout to this new range of countries across South America and Europe. Initial markets for Echo and Music Unlimited include the U.S. and the UK, with India and Japan among others recently added.

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Amazon Prime-Enjoy fast free shipping, exclusive access to movies and TV shows, ad-free music , unlimited photo storage, and Kindle books. Oct 4, 2017 Amazon is bringing its voice assistant Alexa along with three Alexa-enabled devices - Echo , Echo Dot and Echo Plus to India.

As for India, Amazon is bringing its entire Echo smart speaker lineup to the country : Echo Dot, Echo , and Echo Plus. All the three speakers will be initially available through an invite-only process and will ship by the end of this month. The Echo Dot is priced at₹4,499

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The move sees its Music Unlimited service , which launched in the UK last month, rival Spotify and Apple Music in what it can offer. Amazon music unlimited . One of the main draws is set to be the integration with Amazon ’s voice-controlled Echo speaker .

Google’s new smart home speaker is now available for pre-order — and may just give Amazon a run for its money. Tech experts tell Moneyish that the Google Home Mini and its rival, the Amazon Echo Dot, can accomplish nearly the same things in terms of functionality.

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The streaming service covers more than 40 million tracks and it is available independently of Amazon's Prime package -- that's important because Prime isn't offered in most of these new markets. It works on iOS, Android, Web, Fire TV, PC and Mac. Features that Amazon hope can help it stand out from competitors like Spotify and Apple Music include input via Alexa, support for Amazon smart speakers, curated content and a family plan that supports up to six accounts.

"Music is such an incredible global connector, and with Amazon Music Unlimited we've been able to give listeners access to an extensive catalog with the added experience of using their own voice to hear music in so many ways with Alexa," Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music, said in a statement.

"Today's announcement signifies an important moment for Amazon Music Unlimited and our international customers as we continue to offer more music fans all over the world a completely new way to hear expertly-curated playlists and songs from their favorite artists," Boom added.

You can look up the available countries here, but the long list of new additions includes: Belgium, Iceland, Bolivia, Latvia, Bulgaria, Liechtenstein, Chile, Lithuania, Colombia, Luxembourg, Costa Rica, Malta, Cyprus, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, El Salvador, Poland, Estonia, Portugal, Finland, Slovakia, Greece, Sweden, Hungary and Uruguay.

Samsung Is Said to Target First Half of 2018 for Smart Speaker .
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