Hi Mark,

What is your reason for the Echo Plus? It is the same as the Echo but with 
built-in smart hub which is supposed to help connect to various smart home 
devices (if you have them).
We also bought one but when I bought it during the introductory offer here in 
Canada it came with a Philipps Hue bulb so that was a bit of an incentive. So 
far I still have to figure out if that smart home hub is actually doing 
anything, I don't think it does in our case since we also have the 4th gen 
Apple TV which acts as a hub for our smart home devices.

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From: viphone@googlegroups.com <viphone@googlegroups.com> On Behalf Of M. Taylor
Sent: Monday, February 19, 2018 11:44 PM
To: viphone@googlegroups.com
Subject: Mark on Echo

Hello Everyone,  

Well, today I went over to Best Buy and purchased an Amazon Echo Plus.  Of 
course, I got the black-on-black-on-black, model.  (smile).

I must say that this device is a blast.  

The iOS Alexa app was a breeze to configure and I was up and running in a 
matter of minutes.

Thanks to all of you who replied to my free music iOS app question.  

>From the App Store, I downloaded and created both a free Pandora and iHeart 
>Radio account.  From within the iOS Alexa app, I linked these two accounts to 
>my Echo and wow!  They work marvelously well.  I have exactly what I want with 
>amazing voice control over both.  Alexa is truly incredible.  I love the fact 
>that I can create custom radio stations with my voice, only, via my Echo as 
>the iOS app is not needed.

As I stated in my previous post, I have decided to use HomePod for personal 
contacts, tasks, reminders, etc. but, at this time, I'll be using Alexa for fun 
and random music playback, while using HomePod to play my own personal music 
collection.  

Would you believe it?  After demonstrating my new Echo Plus to some friends who 
had never seen Alexa in action, we went to Best Buy and each of them purchased 
an Echo Dot.  I setup three Dots, today.  So that's 4 Echoes I worked with in 
one day.  (big Smile).  I'm definitely on my way to becoming an Echo guru!!!  
(Big Smile).

How wonderful it is that we have such a marvelously accessible  platform such 
as iOS from which to explore so many new and wonderful devices.  Long live 
Apple Inc and its incredible developers.  Also, kudos to the Amazon Alexa 
development team, as well. 

Mark

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