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Alexa (by Alice [MD]) Feb 27, 2024 10:17 AM
       Alexa (by plenty [MO]) Feb 27, 2024 5:23 PM
       Alexa (by Just Tim [AR]) Feb 27, 2024 7:55 PM
       Alexa (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Feb 27, 2024 11:30 PM
       Alexa (by zero [IN]) Feb 28, 2024 8:19 AM
       Alexa (by ALICE [MD]) Feb 28, 2024 9:53 AM
       Alexa (by WmH [NC]) Feb 28, 2024 3:35 PM
       Alexa (by zero [IN]) Feb 28, 2024 5:39 PM

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Alexa (by Alice [MD]) Posted on: Feb 27, 2024 10:17 AM

I realize this is a bit out of scope but I have learned there are smart people here so value hearing experience with this.

How do I learn what content is ONLY available on an Alexa device if I subscribe to some subscription for that content? Are we moving to a world where more Alexa content will require a subscription? I am interested mostly in business news like CNBC, not music or entertainment. I believe I want to buy the Echo Dot Alexa.


This is what I found so far:

Does Alexa Require A Subscription

Amazon Alexa does not require a monthly subscription to use its standard features. Alexa comes integrated with Echo devices, and users can readily access all its basic functions, including setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, providing weather forecasts, and controlling smart home devices, all without additional monthly charges.

However, the financial aspect changes when considering the expanded ecosystem that Alexa can access.

While Alexa doesn’t charge a monthly fee to use basic functions, some services accessible through Alexa are subscription-based. These services, though not mandatory for the operation of Alexa, enhance the user experience.

Alexa (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Feb 27, 2024 5:23 PM

Not familiar. But wanted to let you know your post is being seen. Following. Curious to read other's experiences with Alexa.

Alexa (by Just Tim [AR]) Posted on: Feb 27, 2024 7:55 PM

Did you consider asking Alexa? Somewhat joking, but I would probably try it just to see.

Alexa (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Feb 27, 2024 11:30 PM


WE are watching and ALEXA is listening!

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Alexa (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Feb 28, 2024 8:19 AM

I have a small Alexa puck in my office. Wife got it for Christmas from the kids years ago. She unplugged it because it is always listening and that creeped her out.

You can do so much more with it than I do, but it is a fun little helper at times. I do not pay for anything extra. I have a few radio stations and maybe a podcast type thing on it.

Mine is audio only so I can't watch the news, but I bet I could listen to it if I wanted.

Right now it tells me when an Amazon package has arrived, when bad weather is on the way and a few other things. Music is random or you pay. The white noise feature is great for nap times (or so I have heard).

You can eventually tie a lot of things into the system to make a smart house. I am not ready for that just yet. --107.147.xx.xx

Alexa (by ALICE [MD]) Posted on: Feb 28, 2024 9:53 AM

Nice to hear user experiences. I have not bought it yet.

Alexa (by WmH [NC]) Posted on: Feb 28, 2024 3:35 PM

We don't use it for much, but I do like saying, ALEXA what time is it? without finding my phone, or ALEXA what's the temp outside? Also ALEXA please play Christmas music ALEX please play kid's songs. Alexa please play Miley Cyrus.

You get the idea. Also the Alexa app on my phone controls several light switches in my house: outside likes and a few inside ones where we found we were too lazy to get up and fiddle with them sometimes.

But it IS listening at all times, and Google is too. You will be shocked at what they know about you...

I was discussing CASSEROLE DISHES with DH the other day saying ours were too heavy. Sit down to ads on my laptop about casserole dishes.

We were in the car once talking about something, forget what, but something obscure and odd. Maybe a new SHED or something. Get home to ads for that product...

And sometimes the TV will say Alexa - like on SNL - and she will answer from our bedroom device.

Alexa (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Feb 28, 2024 5:39 PM

Ha, I have been in the truck and a radio host will say Hey Alexa and add something odd.

I always wondered if it would work. That is funny.

Might start doing that just because... --107.147.xx.xx

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