Amsterdam, NL - 6 PM CET/ 12 PM ET - Control4, a leading innovator in residential and commercial automation systems, announced today an enhanced "Listen" experience, offering customers new ways to enjoy their favorite music and podcasts through their Control4® systems. Starting in Q2 2013, Control4 systems with OS 2.4 will natively include TuneIn, the leading service for listening to music, sports, news and comedy streams from around the world. Additionally, the new Control4 Wireless Music Bridge provides an effortless way for consumers to connect, stream and enjoy music and music services through applications residing on their smart phone, tablet or computer.
"TuneIn and our new Wireless Music Bridge are powerful additions to our Listen experience and provide customers a natural way to enjoy their favorite radio stations, podcasts, audio books and music within the home," said CEO Martin Plaehn. "Whether you walk into your home and tap into your favorite playlist on your iPad, invite your guests to share their music collection from their smart phone, or tee up the BBC in the kitchen, we're making it easy to access and enjoy personal media throughout the home."
TuneIn and Control4
TuneIn provides Control4 customers direct access to more than 70,000 traditional and internet-only radio stations streaming from around the world, as well as millions of on-demand podcasts, concerts and interviews. TuneIn's robust search capability helps people discover exactly what they're looking for, whether it's their favorite artist, song or radio personality locally or from across the globe. Control4's integrated, intuitive and elegant user interface delivers station and show listings, filters available choices based on genre, location and language and guides consumers to new online media as well as to the content they already love. TuneIn is seamlessly integrated into Control4 audio zones so that everyone can listen to the same music, or every family member can enjoy their own personalized Favorites in different zones at the same time. TuneIn will be available on all Control4 systems running OS 2.4 starting on April 1, 2013.
The Control4® Wireless Music Bridge
The new Control4 Wireless Music Bridge enables homeowners, family members and their guests to wirelessly connect to a Control4 system to enjoy all the music stored on or accessed via personal smart phones, tablets and computers. The Wireless Music Bridge also provides a convenient path for Control4 customers to connect to streaming music services such as Pandora or Spotify on their personal smart devices from a Control4 system - all while preserving full phone and smart device browsing and application capability. Additionally, the Wireless Music Bridge delivers available artwork and metadata directly into the Control4 environment for display within the Control4 "Now Playing" interface on touch-panels, TV on-screens and the MyHome app.
The Wireless Music Bridge brings together Ethernet, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity technologies into a single product, allowing nearly every smart device to "push" music, podcasts, news, sports and audio books into the Control4 system via full support for streaming for iOS devices, as well as Bluetooth and DLNA for other phones and tablets.
The Control4 Wireless Music Bridge is scheduled to be available in Q2 2013 for $300 introductory US MSRP and $345 International MSRP from authorized Control4 dealers.
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Control4 is a leading provider of automation systems for homes and businesses that provides personalized control of lighting, music, video, energy and security through more than 3,000 custom integrators and distributors in over 73 countries. By delivering insightfully simple, personalized control solutions that enhance the lives of individuals and families, Control4 is the automation platform of choice for customers, major customer electronics companies, hotels and businesses around the world. For more information visit www.control4.com.
TuneInlets people listen to the world's music, sports, talk and news from wherever they are, with over 70,000 AM, FM, HD and Internet radio stations and more than two million on-demand programs streaming from every continent across 200 connected devices. The company raised venture funding from General Catalyst Partners, Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures and Jafco Ventures, and is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif.