Control CasaTunes and the musicBox 6 using Amazon Echo, Tap, and Dot Devices
Ft. Collins, CO, May 10, 2016 – CasaTunes®, the leader in streaming multi-room music solutions, is the first whole house audio solution to integrate with Amazon Alexa on the Echo, Tap and Dot devices. Available on both CasaTunes and the DIY musicBox 6 music servers, homeowners can now control the volume, muting, turning rooms on and off, sharing music in the home, and playing music using voice commands. The CasaTunes Skill for Alexa includes support for all transport commands, including play, pause, next track, previous track, shuffle and repeat. Homeowners can ask Alexa what is playing in a room, and schedule an alarm or fall asleep to music.
“At CasaTunes, we have been working on providing a robust voice control solution, based on the Alexa voice service, to existing and prospective CasaTunes and musicBox 6 homeowners. With the growing popularity of voice based control systems, homeowners are looking for products that include voice control,” said David Krinker, President with CasaTunes. “At less than $50, the Amazon Echo Dot is an excellent alternative to keypads in the home. We expect customers will deploy these devices throughout their home, and use these, along with the CasaTunes and musicBox 6 Apps to control their music.”
Commands are as easy as “Alexa, tell CasaTunes to turn on the Patio.” Alexa submits the request to CasaTunes and the music begins to play in the appropriate room or room group. Further, one or more Amazon Echo, Tap and Dot devices located in different rooms throughout the same home, can be used to control CasaTunes or musicBox 6 multi-room audio systems. CasaTunes’ intelligent design means that once a room is associated with an Amazon device, the room name no longer needs to be included with each command.
Voice control is a great companion control option as Alexa is perfect in areas where a tablet, smartphone or keypad, isn’t ideal, for example, when cooking in the kitchen. Speaking a voice command to Alexa is faster and easier than finding the smartphone, unlocking it, opening the app, and executing a command.
Here are examples of various Alexa commands available for CasaTunes:
- Alexa, ask CasaTunes to power on Living Room
- Alexa, ask CasaTunes to schedule an alarm for 8:00 am
- Alexa, ask CasaTunes to share music with Master Bedroom
- Alexa, ask CasaTunes to select next playlist
- Alexa, ask CasaTunes what song is playing
- Alexa, ask CasaTunes to power off all rooms
The Alexa Skill for CasaTunes and the musicBox 6, is currently in Beta, and ships later this month. It is a free upgrade for all existing CasaTunes and musicBox 6 systems.
CasaTunes Music Servers are a sophisticated whole house audio system, providing endless amount of music including disc, networked and Internet music, as well as complete control of the system using the CasaTunes Android and iOS apps. CasaTunes systems integrate with popular home automation systems from Control4, Compass Control, HDL, RTI and URC as well as popular AV Receivers.
Powered by CasaTunes’ technology, the musicBox 6 music system is designed for easy and quick installations in pre-wired and pre-construction homes. The DIY musicBox 6 includes a four stream CasaTunes music server, a six-room power amplifier, six keypads and an IR remote.
CasaTunes designs flexible wired and wireless multi-room audio solutions for playing local disc based music, Internet radio, and Internet based music services throughout the home for both dealers through the CasaTunes Music Server and the Do-It-Yourself market through the musicBox 6. Founded in 2006, CasaTunes is a privately held entity headquartered in Ft. Collins, Colorado with offices in Florida. Visit www.CasaTunes.com for more information.
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