Starting this fall, you’ll be able to ask Alexa to stream tunes from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more to select Yamaha home audio devices.
More than 15 MusicCast-enabled Yamaha audio products, ranging from wireless speakers and A/V receivers to soundbars and even a turntable, will soon receive (or might already have received) a firmware update that will let you control supported streaming music services via Alexa, while also adding Amazon Music to the mix. Amaon Music HD, on the other hand, is only in the “evaluation” stage, according to Yamaha’s press release.
Prior to the update, Yahama’s MusicCast devices already supported such streaming music services as Spotity, Pandora, SiriusMX Internet Radio, Deezer, Gimmie Radio, TIDAL, Napster, and Qobuz.
For now, “enhanced” Alexa voice control options are only coming to the U.S. and Canada, and only in English, while support for additional regions and languages is set to arrive by the end of the year, Yamaha said.
The MusicCast mobile app will let you know if a firmware update is available for any of your Yamaha devices.
Besides their Alexa compatibility, Yamaha’s MusicCast audio devices also offer Google Assistant support, along with AirPlay 2-enabled Siri support.
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