Can't play Podcasts over Spotify Connect with Yamaha Musiccast

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Can't play Podcasts over Spotify Connect with Yamaha Musiccast

olabil
Regular

Hi, 

I cannot play Spotify Podcasts through Spotify Connect with my Yamaha Musiccast units. I have been in contact with Spotify support, but have not been able to get help more than verifying that I through a test account can play the podcasts on e.g. Alexa units. Seems to be a Musiccast problem; anyone else having this problem and maybe found a mitigation? 

 

Problem occurs both before and after latest firmware upgrade 

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Re: Can't play Podcasts over Spotify Connect with Yamaha Musiccast

olabil
Regular

Ok, so I have been in contact with Spotify support again. This time I got the following answer: 

1. My WXA-50's and WX-010 are not supported by Spotify Connect according to https://www.spotifygear.com/. This is very strange and should be quite serious if Yamaha would integrate a not certified unit to Spotify Connect right? I don't buy it, but also cannot prove Yamaha has certification.

 

2. Podcasts are considered "mixed media", i.e. audio and video and therefore cannot be played by audio only devices. How it's then possible to stream podcasts with Sonos and Alexa (and I now read other units in other posts, e.g. AudioPro) is not answered, so this response is also not credible or at least it seems to me as some kind of "bug" or glitch in the integration.

 

The prospects are not high to get a positive response on this, as it will involve someone actually correcting an error; would it have been Sonos probably it would've gone faster as it has a bigger community of users. 

Re: Can't play Podcasts over Spotify Connect with Yamaha Musiccast

decaf
Casual Listener

I have the same problem, and is really disappointed in this. I see several posts about this, but no official reply from anywhere. Really hoping to find a solution, or for Spotify (or Yamaha, whoever is responsible) to implement a fix to this.

Re: Can't play Podcasts over Spotify Connect with Yamaha Musiccast

olabil
Regular

Hello, 

I have been in contact with Yamaha, who has confirmed the problem and sent a bug report to Yamaha Japan. Don't know if that is put on a big pile of other requests, so I really encourage anyone that has the same problem to contact Yamaha as well.

 

When it comes to the 'not Spoty Connect certified' it's  not true, as suspected. It's Spotify that has not updated the list in a long time, despite repeated requests from Yamaha and probably others. For me, it's just ironic (provided it's correct) that not even Spotify's own support is aware of the actual list, and it just proves how ignorant they are not only to these forums and their paying customers, but also to their own support staff. 

Re: Can't play Podcasts over Spotify Connect with Yamaha Musiccast

decaf
Casual Listener

I was in contact with Yamaha support, and they simply said that it's Spotify Connect that does not support podcasts, only music. So they recommended me to contact Spotify support and hopefully if enough of us request it they will implement it. :/ ... So Spotify, can you please implement this?!

Re: Can't play Podcasts over Spotify Connect with Yamaha Musiccast

Musicmanjo
Newbie

I found I had the same problem casting podcasts on spotify to my wxc-50 on musiccast.  But I found a workaround you may find useful.  The workaround is to play the podcast on my phone, and then pair the phone to my Yamaha device.  You can pair it by selecting bluetooth in musiccast or by selecting your Yamaha device in the bluetooth settings on the phone.  I hope this helps.

Re: Can't play Podcasts over Spotify Connect with Yamaha Musiccast

olabil
Regular

For all who may have this problem. The problem is definitely on Yamaha side. Based on some inside information, they do not have the latest API and the specific devices I use needs to be properly certified. As paying customer, what could be expected from Spotify is to put harder requirements on update schedules from their partners and, maybe even more, to supervise their certification program better. 

Re: Can't play Podcasts over Spotify Connect with Yamaha Musiccast

davidsliwo
Casual Listener

I also contacted Yamaha about this. I hope to hear from them soon. 

 

But i really hope that Spotify does not require hardware vendors to re-certificate their devices, cause that would mean I, as a device owner, am **bleep**ed and I need to upgrade my AV Receiver to the current generation. This issue should be solved via a simple software update, but I have the feeling it will not be that easy. 

Re: Can't play Podcasts over Spotify Connect with Yamaha Musiccast

as2003
Visitor

I have a Yamaha RX-S601B with MusicCast 5.1

 

Playing music from the Spotify app has always worked fine, but I just discovered playing Podcasts doesn't work. Pretty disappointing.

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Re: Can't play Podcasts over Spotify Connect with Yamaha Musiccast

uliukko
Visitor

Definitely on Yamaha's side, I'm AB testing WXC-50 and KEF-LSX speakers that both support spotify connect, podcasts work just fine with KEF, but playback and output selection immeadiately bugs out if I have WXC selected from spotify app.

 

As of writing this Yamaha firmware version is 2.65.

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