New York Post

Consumers who hear Echos buy them

- By NICOLAS VEGA nvega@nypost.com

The Echo Dot speaker from Amazon may be the first hit product that actually sells itself.

The Seattle-based Web giant said Tuesday that its Prime members helped boost its holiday sales to record levels by buying stuff with the Alexa voice assistant that powers Amazon’s Echo speakers.

In a weird twist, however, Amazon added that the most popular item its customers purchased while using its Alexa-powered speakers was, in fact, the Echo Dot speaker.

In other words, while talking to Alexa on their Echos, Amazon shoppers decided the best gift to buy for somebody else is an Echo speaker, so the recipient can talk to Alexa when shopping — on Amazon, of course.

The Echo Dot was the “best-selling product from any manufactur­er in any category” on Amazon’s Web site, the company said, bragging that millions were sold.

Meanwhile, the Alexa app, which is required to set up Echo devices and other products that feature Alexa, has topped both the Google Play and App Store charts this week.

There were 1.5 million downloads of the Alexa app worldwide on Christmas Day, and strong numbers are expected to continue this week, according to Apptopia.

In its press release, Amazon said it sold “tens of millions” of Alexa-enabled devices around the world, although it didn’t give more specific figures.

According to Amazon’s data, Alexa’s East Coast users requested holiday music 2.5 times more than their West Coast counterpar­ts, with the classic “Jingle Bells” being the most-requested song.

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