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.