I posted a version of this on the Yamaha HTR-4065 (a popular and really good sounding variation from Costco) sub forum:
vTuner was always a total mess but, it seems Yamaha is not longer paying them. (I wonder why…)
So, this horrible company (vTuner) that uses 1990s interface design with a bad UX customers must endure, seems to be charging now for internet radio service. Charging for old, horrible web based software!
A small message has appeared that reads:
“To receive full access to vTuner service. Please click here
(The unneeded period and missing period is how it is written.)
This means, if you have stations saved in My Favourite Groups
(British spelling also as written, vTuner is a New York state company), you can no longer access them from the Yamaha app.
However, inexplicably, you can
access added stations in the My Added Stations section. Geez, If I had know this was going to happen, I would have added more stations to that free part! I only have one in there because vTuner was so incompetent
at keeping one of my go to stations working in my Jazz group (it showed up but began to never play about 2 or so years ago — one time they fixed it but, within weeks it was broken again). I found if I manually added it, it seemed to work for sure but, not in my Jazz group.
Well, the whole internet radio landscape is changing with Apple, yes, Apple, getting back into the game after the shameful lack of updating it did to its Apple TV channel and eventual removal from later/latest Apple TV models and
neglect of its iTunes internet radio options. With iOS 13, you will be able to simply say to Siri “Play internet radio station XYZ” and, Siri will play it!
Plus Alexa and other ways to listen to radio. The only bad news is that the higher quality stations like Linn and others, will probably now be web based only since, Alexa and others probably limit it to 320 mp3 at most or slightly better sounding higher AAC bit rate at most.