ask-marioHow does Spotify work with Russound?

Everybody knows that in fall of last year, Spotify streaming music service launched in Canada. What you might not know yet is that current DMS-3.1 and XStream X5 were recently given the ability to stream Spotify. A firmware update to the system enables this feature. Cool, but how does it work exactly?

Compared to the other streaming services offered on the DMS-3.1 and X5 like TuneIn and SiriusXM, Spotify is a bit different: So unlike any other services on these digital music streamers, you do need the Spotify app on a smartphone or tablet to make your selection and launch the music playback. However once the music is playing, they are no longer required and can be powered off. The MDK-C5/C6 and TS3 keypads as well as the MyRussound app will display the song title and artist, and transport keys will let the user play/pause skip etc… Any device running the MyRussound app will even display the album cover art.

In order to have the Russound system stream Spotify content, your end user customer has to register and pay for a Spotify premium account. Without this account, they won’t see their Russound devices when they tap on the “Spotify Connect” icon, and cannot have them stream directly from the Spotify server. The whole idea here is to not use Bluetooth or AirPlay and free their phone or tablet.

> How to Get Spotify on your Russound System

Send your technical questions to custominstallation@sfm.ca and each month Mario will answer one of your questions. Dealer’s name will be held confidential.