Amazon Music Launches in Australia, New Zealand Feb. 1


But technology experts warned Australians had yet to be won over by smart speakers as privacy concerns were still preventing the technology from going mainstream.

In case you're not familiar, the Echo speakers are powered by Amazon's Alexa digital assistant and can be controlled with voice commands.

Amazon's Alexa powered range of devices have been incredibly popular in a number of countries like the U.S., the United Kingdom and Europe, it will be interesting to see if the devices are also popular in Australia and New Zealand.

"The effort went into getting the voice just right, understanding people and places and things, and collecting a lot of the natural language", he said.

Mr Limp said the device could now deliver cricket sledges as well as scores, sing Waltzing Matilda, and name a favourite footy player. She can also check your Qantas points.

"Tens of millions of customers are already using Alexa, and today we're excited to bring her to Australia with a localised experience designed for our Australian customers", said Dave Limp, Senior Vice President for Amazon Devices and Services.

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There is no question that the Google Assistant is the smarter and more powerful, but Google executives will need to figure out how to get this artificial intelligence app in as many smart home devices as possible.

The Echo Plus ($269) is taller, has a better speaker and includes tech that makes it easy to set up a smart home. A job seeker can start by saying "Alexa, enable SEEK Jobs", and then say; "Alexa, ask SEEK Jobs for Project Manager roles in Melbourne", to which Alexa will read out the most recent jobs and ask whether they would like the job emailed to them.

Accenture predicts that ownership of smart speakers in Australia will increase more than five times this year, reaching 23 per cent by the end of 2018, up from 4 per cent in 2017.

In order to complete the Echo experience, Amazon is also launching its Music Unlimited service so you can ask Alexa to play music for you from its own streaming service, or from other streaming services like Tune In, Spotify, and Pandora.

"Consumers have big privacy concerns about smart speakers, and issues around having something listening to you even when you don't know it". You can pre-order the device from today.