Yamaha’s MusicCast-enabled products’ music streaming services and smart home capabilities are being enhanced with the rollout of firmware updates to each, of both Amazon Music and enhanced Alexa voice control functionality. This fall, over 15 current home audio products, including wireless speakers, AV receivers, sound bars and a wireless turntable, get the free firmware update to enable deeper integration with Amazon services and devices, says Yamaha.
The Amazon Music addition enhances the streaming services already part of the Yamaha MusicCast line; they include Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM Internet Radio, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster and Qobuz. Apple Music is available via AirPlay 2 support.
Through the firmware update, an Alexa device, such as an Echo or Dot, will be able to control and play Amazon Music, Pandora, Deezer, Gimme Radio and SiriusXM on any updated Yamaha device connected to a home Wi-Fi network through the MusicCast Smart Home skill. While support varies by region, additional music streaming services with Alexa voice control – plus evaluation of Amazon Music HD – are planned.
Access to built-in music services is available through the Yamaha MusicCast app, which allows playback on either a single device or multiple MusicCast devices throughout the home. MusicCast also allows whole-home audio playback of the music stored on mobile devices, and – for sound bars and AV receivers – externally connected audio sources such as TV sound. MusicCast devices offer high-resolution audio support, plus Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Voice control is available via Google Assistant and Alexa devices, and with Siri on iOS via AirPlay 2.
Users are being automatically prompted to install the firmware via the MusicCast app. Those who have registered their products are receiving an email notification about the update availability, says Yamaha.