Amazon launches Alexa, Echo, and Prime Music in Canada

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Amazon launches Alexa, Echo, and Prime Music in Canada

Amazon anticipates 10,000 skills will be available for Canadian customers this year, including skills from Air Canada, CBC, the Weather Network, TD Bank, and Bank of Montreal.

Also launching today is Prime Music, which brings over 1 million ad-free songs free for Prime members, which you can listen to on any Echo device, which includes offline listening.

Finally, Amazon has expanded its Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) and the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) so that developers around the world to build voice experiences for Alexa customers in Canada.

Customers who pre-order any of the company's soon-to-be-launched Echo devices will be able to start streaming Prime Music when Echo begins shipping in Canada on 5 December, with the help of Amazon's cloud-based voice assistant Alexa.

Engadget reports that Alexa has adopted a Canadian accent for her debut in the Great White North, but she does not speak French, one of the nation's two official languages.

The Amazon Echo has forged a new category of device, beating the likes of Google, Microsoft and Apple into this connected space, and offering a device that's not only convenient, but a lot of fun too, because it's so simple to use. The BMO skill provides an innovative voice service that gives customers access to banking information such as nearby ATM locations, up-to-date foreign exchange rates and information on BMO products and digital channels.

Echo Dot: $49.99 (regular $69.99).

The next generation Amazon Echo and the Echo Plus, which is equipped with a built-in smart home hub.

There a variety of genres available on Prime Music, plus mixes exclusively featuring Canadian artists, such as "Made in Canada: Rock and Alternative", to "Quebec Country Now", "Acoustic Commute", and "Chanteuse Québécoise.". Let us know what you're going to jump on.

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