Amazon launches Alexa, Echo, and Prime Music in Canada

Doris Richards
November 15, 2017

The Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Plus all have Alexa built-in.

Amazon's voice-activated digital assistant Alexa, along with the voice-controlled Echo speaker devices, are finally available in Canada.

Alexa in Canada, according to Amazon, delivers an "all-new experience", with a new English voice with Canadian accent (eh!), including local knowledge and skills. But with Alexa, there are still thousands of skills available, with plenty more on the way. "Over 10,000 skills will be available for customers in Canada this year, including skills from Air Canada, TD Bank, TELUS, CBC, The Weather Network, Bank of Montreal, Manulife, Aviva, Yellow Pages, and more". Alexa will also be available in Canada for any third-party products that support it, like the CoWatch shown below.

The Amazon Echo Plus is a little taller and thinner than the current $99 Amazon Echo base model.   Matt Weinberger  Business Insider
The Amazon Echo Plus is a little taller and thinner than the current $99 Amazon Echo base model. Matt Weinberger Business Insider

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. That lets you stream music from a lot of different devices, with apps available on iOS, Android, Mac, PC, the new Fire TV Stick Basic Edition and the web. Prime Music earned a "good" rating in PCMag's review. If you're not sure exactly who you want to hear, you can also ask it to play music by genres like rock, hip-hop, or "relaxing pop music", says Amazon.

Amazon has slowly, but surely, begun bringing its popular Echo devices outside of the U.S., and into a few other countries. They are all available for pre-order and will start shipping out December 5th.

The Echo Dot, Echo, and Echo Plus are open for pre-order today for $69.99, $129.99, and $199.99 respectively, though early orders will qualify for up to $30 off the sticker price.


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