YAMAHA ADDS AMAZON MUSIC AND MORE TO MUSICCAST
Yamaha has announced it will be adding Amazon Music to the list of streaming services that its MusicCast products support.
From October, compatible MusicCast products including wireless speakers, soundbars and Yamaha’s wireless turntable will receive a free firmware update which will enable the service.
Yamaha’s MusicCast allows both access and playback of online streaming services on single or multiple MusicCast throughout your home.
In addition to Amazon Music, MusicCast supports a range of music streaming services including Spotify, Deezer, TIDAL and Internet Radio with Apple Music available via AirPlay 2.
An additional update is planned for later in 2019, making selected MusicCast devices compatible with Enhanced Alexa Voice Control. With the update applied, Alexa devices such as the Echo or Dot will be able to control and play Amazon Music, Gimme Radio, iHeartRadio and TuneIn on compatible Yamaha devices through the MusicCast Smart Home Skill.
According to Yamaha, while support for services will vary by region, support for additional streaming services with Alexa are in the works.
MusicCast Products receiving the update include the MusicCast 20 and MusicCast 50 wireless speakers, MusicCast BAR 400 (YAS-408), MusicCast BAR 40 (YMS-4080), XDA-QS5400 MusicCast multi-room streaming amplifier and MusicCast VINYL 500 turntable.
AV receivers which will receive the updates include Yamaha’s AVENTAGE RX-Ax80 Series, RX-Vx85 Series, RX-S602 slimline AV receiver, HTR-4072, HTR-5072 and CX-A5200 AV preamp/processor.
The Amazon firmware update will be available in October release, while the Alexa Enhanced Voice Control update will be arriving later in the year.
For more information, visit Yamaha.
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