Amazon Echo Page 2

  • RedPanda87 28 Sep 2016 20:43:01 1,961 posts
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    Yeah I can't get Spotify working, which realistically is one of the few things I'll probably use it for once the novelty has worn off, so not the best start
  • Humperfunk 28 Sep 2016 20:46:58 8,017 posts
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    Wondering if it needs to update possibly. Seems to say online it should be updated to version 4008 or something, mine has been on 3731 since I first looked...

    Shame as the sound it played during the test was superb, would definitely be my music player of choice.
  • mangojoe 28 Sep 2016 21:17:51 2,405 posts
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    Can I just buy an echo dot and connect it to my amp using a aux?
  • TheSaint 28 Sep 2016 21:31:14 18,904 posts
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    Yeah mine took a while to connect to Spotify as well, all sorted now.
  • RedPanda87 28 Sep 2016 21:55:56 1,961 posts
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    Humperfunk wrote:
    Ah cool, glad to hear you got it sorted.

    You can change the default player in the settings once you have linked it so it will automatically play Spotify!

    Edit: hmm can't see an X on the white screen...
    It has one on iOS. I couldn't get it working on my Android phone but have now managed on an iPad, though still took a few attempts.
  • boo 28 Sep 2016 22:57:24 13,530 posts
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    Bloody neighbours having the audacity to be out when Amazon tried to deliever mine today.
    They'd better be in tomorrow!
  • Dirtbox 29 Sep 2016 01:02:43 91,204 posts
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  • Deleted user 29 September 2016 02:57:51
    True nerds would roll their own Echo with a raspberry pi and include pointless extra shit like voice controlled games.
  • Carlo 29 Sep 2016 05:29:23 20,668 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    Tried the Google one as well as this and the Google one wins simply because it communicates with your phone, computer and your house, as well as your tv and music.
    Is this the "ok google how long to the airport", "20 minutes in current traffic "," send the directions to my phone ", type scenario, or something else?

    Can you give an example?
  • Dirtbox 29 Sep 2016 07:53:22 91,204 posts
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  • Humperfunk 29 Sep 2016 09:36:37 8,017 posts
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    Checked the app this morning and it's updated to the latest '4008' update so will try linking to Spotify again when I get home :)

    Also thought, I do have an iPad so if it doesn't work I'll try through that instead as mentioned above!
  • Humperfunk 29 Sep 2016 19:33:27 8,017 posts
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    Must have been the update, worked first time tonight!
  • PatrickEwing 29 Sep 2016 20:22:20 2,423 posts
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    Good one.
    I've recently encountered that if we are to enter this new dawn of talking to our houses as demolition man foresaw then I'm buggered.
    In asking for music to be played I draw a complete mental block on the names of Artists, songs and albums. I listen to alt-j, underworld, war on drugs, MGMT or Metronomy almost every day but I'll be dammed if I can remember their names when put under pressure by Alexa.
  • boo 29 Sep 2016 23:18:40 13,530 posts
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    Ahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

    Best.
    Thing.
    Ever.
  • JamesUK 25 Nov 2016 21:09:50 804 posts
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    Is it possible to stream Spotify through the Dot without Spotify Premium?.

    From what I've read, you need Spotify Premium to integrate it with the Echo so that you can access it directly via voice control. But, is it possible to use the Spotify app on a tablet and then stream that to the Echo?, similar to how it works on PS4 with Spotify connect.
  • gamecat 11 Dec 2016 00:04:48 890 posts
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    My Echo is getting on my nerves and has been relagated to 'fancy alarm clock' duties. It thick as anything when compared to google assistant, and really struggles to play specific tracks/albums, you get "here's a station you might like" (nothing like what you asked for). 99% of the time you are better going via the Spotify app on a phone if you want anything other than a generic artist playlist. Glad I only forked out for the Dot now.
  • PatrickEwing 11 Dec 2016 08:09:32 2,423 posts
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    Agreed, I've given up on it a bit, fed up of repeating myself. Even the kids think it's rather useless and doesn't know anything.
    On the alarm clock side I can't see a way to get it to play music or radio station for the alarm, just noises. Am I missing something?
  • CosmicFuzz 11 Dec 2016 09:56:27 32,585 posts
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    I'm really liking my echo dots. Got two - one in bedroom for alarm, morning news, radio, one in hallway for music (Bluetooth to speakers), turning hall lamp on when I get in, ordering Ubers when getting ready to leave etc.

    They're limited in some big ways, sure, but as a virtual assistant it's a fun bit of tech. The voice recognition is the most impressive thing I reckon, it's far better than anything else I've tried.
  • Deleted user 11 December 2016 10:02:11
    I've only really played with one for a bit, but the voice rec seemed poor compared with Google assist (but better than Siri), and the speaker is pretty shitty quality.

    I guess it depends what you want. I think I'm happy enough picking up my phone to make an Amazon order or to play music on my Sonos
  • CosmicFuzz 11 Dec 2016 10:08:48 32,585 posts
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    I've not tried Google Assist yet, have heard it's pretty great. It pretty much consistently picks up what I'm asking though.

    Not used the larger Echo, but the speaker on the dot was a lot better than I thought it would be. Its fine for radio/spoken word and good enough for bit of music. But yeah, Bluetoothing it to a proper set of speakers is a million times better.

    I do reckon that the Google one will be better ultimately though, purely because it's got a lot more info to draw from.
  • gamecat 11 Dec 2016 10:28:22 890 posts
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    @CosmicFuzz Hoping the Ggoogle one will be better, the phone assistant can take your half baked sentence fragments and form them into sensible questions, Alexa just gets confused and gives up. It's also missing that interrogative type stuff, where it can reference your previous question in the next one.

    @PatrickEwing No way via the Echo of having a music alarm, you can do it Heath Robinson style through third part apps and Spotify on the phone, but it kind of defeats the point.
  • mrpon 11 Jul 2017 13:06:55 35,552 posts
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    Okay toying with getting a Dot for 35, quick (stupid) question - what is stopping the postman ordering a PS4 through the letterbox?

    :)
  • DugBriderider 11 Jul 2017 13:34:04 824 posts
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    Just ordered the dot and a Phillips hue starter kit, its disco time!

    Edited by DugBriderider at 13:35:58 11-07-2017
  • gamecat 11 Jul 2017 13:46:25 890 posts
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    You can turn off voice purchasing.

    I turned off mine entirely a couple months ago, after getting the Google version (MUCH better speech recognition btw), I said 'goodbye forever' as I unplugged it, and it started to say 'I don't want to....' and was gone, almost cute.
  • Your-Mother 27 Sep 2017 19:35:48 3,146 posts
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    Lots of new devices just announced. Echo Plus, Echo Spot, Echo v2, Echo Button, Echo Connect...oy.
  • TheSaint 27 Sep 2017 20:02:53 18,904 posts
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    You've got to really trust Amazon to put an Echo with a camera next to your bed.
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