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Old 10-19-2017, 12:10 PM   #2596
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That's a great deal on the Tap. It is nice to have a portable version that can be taken outside when needed.
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Old 10-19-2017, 04:44 PM   #2597
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The new UE Blast may be the first great portable Alexa speaker

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It's starting to feel like the biggest threat to Google Assistant establishing a presence around the home is simply being crowded out by a swarm of Alexa gadgets. Today, Ultimate Ears — maker of the very popular Boom line of Bluetooth speakers — announced a new series, the UE Blast, with far-field microphones for Amazon’s Alexa built right in. Both the Blast and its larger, louder sibling the Megablast will begin shipping in late October for $229.99 and $299.99 respectively. Those prices are significantly higher than the mainstream Boom products, which will remain available for consumers who simply want a take-anywhere Bluetooth speaker.
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Unfortunately, Spotify support won’t be available through Alexa at launch (just like Sonos), and it sounds like UE will need a few months to make that happen. I wouldn’t bet on it happening before the holidays, but we’ll see. You’ve always got the option of simply using Bluetooth for Spotify, though — and any other service that doesn’t work with Alexa voice commands.

The services that will support Alexa out of the box are Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. That’s a pretty small list if you’re not subscribing to Amazon’s premium, on-demand music option. Pandora and Deezer will be added “in the future.”
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But those prices, though. These are some expensive speakers. They cost more than the Sonos One, and I’d hesitate to predict even the Megablast sounding better than a Sonos. For $150, the Blast would be a must-have holiday gift and maybe the ideal portable speaker. Going over $200 takes something away from that appeal.

Let’s see how long it takes for a price cut.
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Amazon's Alexa is starting to own this space. Google was late and lame by comparison.
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