Many of the services are not available in Australia. I wanted to play my podcasts using the Anypod skill but it isn't available here. The only work around is to upload them via iTunes on the computer, which is very clumsy. The Amazon app doesn't allow you to search the skills as the keyboard won't work in the app. Really the only thing Alexa does well is to tell you the weather, time and setup reminders and play from the few selected skills that you can see in the app. Until access is enabled to all the skills and the app is updated so that you can type in the search bar the Echo is underwhelming.