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Currently we have prime, dots, fire tv, various movies, a kids fire, a Kindle, and music unlimited.

Seems like it would be insane to leave Alexa when she is so good to us, but do you guys have any suggestions for competing products and services????
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Currently we have prime, dots, fire tv, various movies, a kids fire, a Kindle, and music unlimited.

Seems like it would be insane to leave Alexa when she is so good to us, but do you guys have any suggestions for competing products and services????
There are viable competitors?
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I thought people out there have Apple TVs and Google homes and the like? But maybe not? Maybe every house is a Bezos house.
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I run Prime on our Roku

and the kindle app on my ipads

i dont see the point of Alexa, except spying. And Im sure Amazon has PLENT of data on me already
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I run Prime on our Roku and the kindle app on my ipads

i dont see the point of Alexa, except spying. And Im sure Amazon has PLENT of data on me already
Ditto for us - we have a Google Home (in our home).

My sister turned off ALL their dots and echoes because of Alexa spying.
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I run Prime on our Roku

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i dont see the point of Alexa, except spying. And Im sure Amazon has PLENT of data on me already
The thing I like most about Alexa is our music-unlimited subscription, which is 8 bucks a month for access to almost all songs/albums/stations. (And yes Google has something similar). It's probably not really worth it-- both my wife and I are addicted to the same 20 or so albums (many of which we've purchased elsewhere), but it is very convenient to have everything at our voice command.

Generally I think Alexa is pretty dumb as well as smart home technology generally. My mom gets a huge kick out of being able to turn on the lights in her computer room with ITTT voice command, but it seems like such a ridiculously unnecessary gadget to me.
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Generally I think Alexa is pretty dumb as well as smart home technology generally. My mom gets a huge kick out of being able to turn on the lights in her computer room with ITTT voice command, but it seems like such a ridiculously unnecessary gadget to me.
how's ittt with iOS these days? I thought it was so cool back when it first came out, then realized there wasnt much for iOS, so I deleted it. and before you suggest I get an android, I get handmedowns from my wife--she gets a new phone, I get her old phone. and she's an apple loyalist
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how's ittt with iOS these days? I thought it was so cool back when it first came out, then realized there wasnt much for iOS, so I deleted it. and before you suggest I get an android, I get handmedowns from my wife--she gets a new phone, I get her old phone. and she's an apple loyalist
No clue. She turns on the lights. That's all I know.
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i dont see the point of Alexa, except spying. And Im sure Amazon has PLENT of data on me already
Agree. If I need something from Amazon, it's always a tap or two away on my phone, and I can launch Siri or "Hey Google" on my phone with no effort at all, so I don't need Alexa for information. Finally, I'm not ready for my kids to be left alone in a room to talk to an internet-connected robot and hear god knows what. Obviously the Alexa market is huge, but it doesn't solve any problems for me.

I did buy a HomePod, but mostly for the audio quality, which I think is amazing for a speaker its size. I use it only for music and not general web queries. It replaced a single Sonos speaker I used to have.
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They are all ridiculously unnecessary, except possibly for the disabled.
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