Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. continues its commitment to offer the latest streaming entertainment services and today announces the integration of a new music solution – Spotify Connect – into a range of home electronic products including Pioneer’s complete line of 2013 networked audio video receivers and XW-SMA Wi-Fi® wireless speakers. The highly popular music streaming service created Spotify Connect as a simple and seamless solution to bring the Spotify service already available on smart devices into the home.
“Spotify Connect adds another dimension to the existing music streaming services that are already built in to our products so Pioneer users will have even more entertainment choices,” said Chris Walker, director of AV product planning and marketing for the Home Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
Spotify Connect will seamlessly work over Wi-Fi, 3G or LAN, providing continuous playback even if connection type changes half-way through a song. Because the Spotify Connect service is a built-in source1, music started on compatible Pioneer speakers or AV receivers through the Spotify app on a mobile device continues to play even when the mobile device is no longer within range. Users have the freedom to move about without having to deal with a mobile device’s limited signal range, dropouts, or incoming phone calls that can disrupt or cut off music playback. And, unlike other wireless music solutions, using the feature does not drain the battery life of the user’s smart device because Spotify Connect transmission is directly on the Pioneer product.
Pioneer’s receivers and wireless speakers combined with Spotify Connect provide listeners with high-quality audio playback and excellent performance anywhere in the home. To simplify connectivity and activate the Spotify Connect feature, users can simply install the updated Spotify app on an iPhone or iPad, touch the Connect icon, and all connected Pioneer devices will appear in the “Connected Menu.” Playlists from one compatible device can be seamlessly transitioned to another device without interruption.
Spotify Connect will be available to Spotify Premium subscribers and launched over the coming months. A firmware update for Pioneer’s line of networked AV receivers and wireless speakers is required for Spotify Connect compatibility. The firmware update will be available on Pioneer’s website.
Spotify is an award-winning digital music service that gives you on-demand access to over 20 million tracks. Our dream is to make all the world’s music available instantly to everyone, wherever and whenever they want it. Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage and share music with your friends, while making sure that artists get a fair deal.
Spotify is available in 28 markets: USA, UK, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Luxembourg, Italy, Portugal, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Iceland and Mexico, with more than 24 million active users, and over 6 million paying subscribers.
Since its launch in Sweden in 2008, Spotify has driven more than half a billion US dollars to rights holders, and aims to drive another half a billion US dollars to rights holders during 2013. Spotify is already the second biggest source of digital music revenue for labels in Europe (IFPI, 2011) and the biggest and most successful music streaming service of its kind globally. www.spotify.com
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., and its U.S. Web address is www.pioneerelectronics.com. Its parent company, Pioneer Corporation, is a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio, video and computer equipment for the home, car and business markets and is celebrating 75 years of innovation in the consumer electronics industry.
1After installation of the firmware update.
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