At a press conference today Control4 has announced a new enhanced “Listen” experience! They unveiled the new Control 4 OS 2.4 system that will give you more way to personalize music. TuneIn will be included in the new OS 2.4, which will be available in Quarter 2 of 2013. It is a global music service that is fully integrated, you will have to podcasts, radio stations, and much more. You will be able to find your favorite musicians, songs, albums, radio shows(globally), and more. It will be integrated with Control4 audio zones, this way you can choose what you want to listen too at the same time as other family members are listing to music as well. If you have a Control4 system already you should be able to upgrade to the new OS 2.4 and you will be able to enjoy TuneIn! TuneIn will be available on April 1, 2013! Next up we have the Control4 Wireless Music Bridge which allows you to stream music through applications. From there your device will wirelessly connect to the Control4 system. Then you can stream music that is stored on your device or from a service, like Spotify, right to your speakers so you can enjoy it. It will take the album artwork and data about that song and send it the Control4 system. This way you can view it on your entire system, even from the touch-panels, TV on-screens and the MyHome app. The Music Bridge offers connectivity via WiFi, Bluetooth, DLNA, and Ethernet. The Control4 Wireless Music Bridge should be available in Quarter 2 of 2013 for an estimated retail price of $300 in the United States. If you are looking to create a wireless music entertainment system, you could get a basic system from Control4 and the Wireless Music Bridge to accomplish this. I cannot wait to play around with all of these great enhanced audio experiences from Control4. For more information check out the gallery and press release below.
Control4 Introduces TuneIn and the Control4 Wireless Music Bridge for delivering personal music, radio and podcasts through Control4 systems.
Amsterdam, NL – ISE Stand 8-H180 – January 29, 2013 – 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 providecustomers 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 tablet, 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 choicesbased 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 Control4customers 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 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.
For more information on Control4, please visit www.control4.com.