I can confirm this is still and issue. Using Spotify on Android and a Yamaha YAS-706. I did report it to Yamaha and got a noncommittal shrug of an answer. I hate pestering people but maybe it's the only way to get such a seemingly simple problem addressed.
This is a problem for me too (podcasts won't play on Connect). It seems it is a categorisation issue on Spotify's part. Podcasts being labelled "mixed-media" by Spotify means they won't play on audio-only Connect devices.
I just tried re-submitting the issue as a new idea but the system is being funky and tells me there are highlighted errors with my post when there is nothing highlighted! How the heck is one supposed to get an issue resolved when the help system doesn't even function correctly!
Anyhow, what to do? This issue will affect anyone who owns a Connect device and listens to podcasts! I might try to post a new help topic as a general issue...
my musiccast setup consits of one RX-V683 receiver, a pair of musiccast 20s and a WX-010 speaker. Playing music via Spotify connect works fine on all devices. However, when I switch to playing podcasts, only the musiccast 20s will play them.
I think this doesn't fit to the theory that the "mixed-media" labeling is the problem.
To me it's more about an insufficient firmware support on Yamaha's side.
Hi SpotyCast, your situation doesn't rule out the labeling theory though.
It could be both a firmware and a labeling issue.
In your case it may just be that the firmware on the musiccast 20's allows 'mixed-media' playback via Connect.
I'm just surmising but if this 'both-theories theory' holds water, then a firmware update of the other Yamaha products in your setup may solve it for you, and other Yamaha users, whereas a relabeling of podcasts on Spotify's side would fix the issue for ALL users and ALL Connect devices.