Yamaha Amplifies Amazon Smart Home Capabilities with Built-in Amazon Music Services and Enhanced Alexa Voice Control

Yamaha is further enhancing the music streaming services and smart home capabilities of its home audio products this fall, bringing Amazon Music and enhanced Alexa voice control to its latest line of MusicCast-enabled products. Beginning Oct. 31, over 15 current home audio products, including wireless speakers, AV receivers, sound bars and a wireless turntable, will receive a free firmware update to enable deeper integration with Amazon services and devices.

As one of the most popular music streaming services, Amazon Music is a welcome addition to an already robust lineup of built-in options offered through Yamaha devices, which includes Spotify, Deezer, TIDAL and Qobuz. Apple Music is available via AirPlay 2 support.

But the firmware update goes beyond simply adding Amazon Music to the lineup of built-in music streaming services offered in the newest generation of MusicCast products from Yamaha. In addition to expanding customers’ access, the firmware update also opens up more capabilities for Alexa voice control of streaming services on supported Yamaha devices in any room. Through the firmware update, an Alexa device, such as an Echo or Dot, will be able to control and play Amazon Music and Deezer on any updated Yamaha device connected to your home Wi-Fi network through the MusicCast Smart Home skill. While support varies by region, additional music streaming services with Alexa voice control is planned.

We design our home audio products with state-of-the-art technology that evolves and grows with our customers and changes how you experience music. With MusicCast, customers can access dozens of stations and streaming services, thousands of artists and millions of songs that freedom and flexibility includes the ability to control your devices with your choice of voice assistants, whether it’s Alexa, Google or Siri. This is how music should be experienced in the smart home.

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 your 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.

Release schedule

The firmware update is planned for Oct. 31, delivering Amazon Music to all available regions. Support enhanced voice control capabilities is planned for later this year. Users will be automatically prompted to install the firmware via the MusicCast app

Products receiving the firmware update for Amazon Music and enhanced voice control by Alexa devices, such as an Echo or Dot, are as follows:

• Wireless speakers: MusicCast 20, MusicCast 50

• Sound bars: MusicCast BAR 400, ATS-4080, MusicCast BAR 40

• AV Receivers: RX-Ax80 Series, RX-Vx85 Series, RX-S602 slimline AV receiver, HTR-4072, HTR-6072, CX-A5200 AV preamp/processor

• XDA-QS5400 MusicCast Multi-Room Streaming Amplifier

• MusicCast VINYL 500 turntable

Countries and Music Services Available through the MusicCast Smart Home Skill

Country   Music Services
United Kingdom   Amazon Music, Deezer
Ireland   Amazon Music, Deezer
Germany   Amazon Music, Deezer
Austria   Amazon Music, Deezer
France   Amazon Music, Deezer
Italy   Amazon Music, Deezer
Spain   Amazon Music, Deezer