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Yamaha Integrating Alexa with MusicCast

Coming this fall, Yamaha MusicCast customers will be able to issue commands by invoking Amazon’s voice AI, Alexa.

Amazon Alexa and MusicCast – Coming this fall, MusicCast products will receive a free firmware update enabling control using Amazon’s Alexa voice service. An Alexa skill adding support for MusicCast commands will be made available for Alexa-enabled devices, including Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot, Amazon Tap and Amazon Fire TV. Together these updates will unleash an exciting new way to control your MusicCast system.

More vendors continue to jump on the Alexa bandwagon to drive into new markets and offer better competitive value in markets that are stagnate or saturated.

MusicCast is Yamaha’s network-based multi-room audio streaming platform. MusicCast can already work with the Amazon Echo Dot:

Just pair your Echo Dot with any MusicCast wireless speaker, sound bar or AV receiver and the sound will play from the MusicCast device. Using the MusicCast app, you can then select the Bluetooth input and link multiple MusicCast devices for playback, allowing you to hear sound from Echo Dot throughout your home.

The new capability that Yamaha is promising later this year is a special Alexa Skill that will be available in the Skill store and a firmware update for the MusicCast devices. The skill will allow MusicCast to work with Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot, Amazon Tap and Amazon Fire TV voice commands.

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