DTS Expands Amazon Music Support via DTS Play-Fi Wireless Audio

October 26 2017, 03:00
There is a price to pay for speaker manufacturers that want to support Alexa, Amazon's voice engine. And that is that you will be also sending your users directly to Amazon's services, including Amazon Music mp3-based streaming service. In return, when a leading company such as DTS embraces this for its Play-Fi ecosystem, it also gains a better music search functionality using voice, with Amazon Music users being able to search by station, playlist, album and song on their DTS Play-Fi devices.

According to DTS, the connection to Amazon Music is rolling out beyond the US, UK, Germany and Japan, now also into France, Italy and Spain. DTS Play-Fi users will be able to access their “My Music” libraries via the Amazon Music app across DTS Play-Fi wireless multi-room music systems, regardless of brand. DTS Play-Fi support for “My Music” is effective on the same date as the rollout of Amazon Music via DTS Play-Fi. Availability in additional countries will continue throughout 2017 and 2018. 
As Dannie Lau, general manager, DTS Play-Fi at Xperi, admits, in the four countries where it was previously available, “Amazon Music has quickly become one of the most listened to services across our customer base.” This is despite the fact that typical Play-Fi users would theoretically be attracted to the technology because of its ability to support high-resolution 24-bit/192kHz audio and lossless wireless audio. Instead, they become users of an mp3-based streaming service - hard to justify when other streaming services already offer improved options such as AAC, lossless CD-quality streaming, or even MQA streaming of hi-res material.

For owners of DTS Play-Fi audio systems, this means access to Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music in wireless multi-room and multi-zone configurations via their DTS Play-Fi apps. Fortunately, DTS Play-Fi users can also access Qobuz, Deezer, Tidal and even Spotify, among many other options.
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