Gracenote Launches Connected Music Solution For Car Dash
November 14, 2014 at 5:33 AM (PT)
GRACENOTE has launched a new connected music solution for automakers that will help create a common platform to unify all of the various music sources within the car's head unit. This new solution will enable automakers to bridge online and offline music sources and will be available for 2017 model year cars.
GRACENOTE's connected music solution will enable drivers to link their musical experience from traditional radio to their favorite streaming music services through a consistent user interface, regardless of the source, by delivering high-quality metadata to the car's display.
"The arrival of the connected car is pushing the automotive industry to think about the musical journey in a very different way," says GRACENOTE Chief Strategy Officer/Co-Founder TY ROBERTS. "With ENTOURAGE RADIO, we're adding an intelligent layer that helps identify what songs are being played and the source. Once you identify what a driver is listening to and when, you can create entirely new experiences across multiple music sources from AM/FM radio and streaming to local music collections stored on a device."
GRACENOTE ENTOURAGE is the underlying technology that enables the continuous audio fingerprinting of the songs for real-time music recognition. Being able to identify the audio source in real-time also helps GRACENOTE provide the correct song, artist and album information, deliver relevant cover art as well as station logos to the automotive display. Once a song is recognized, listeners can command through the car's head unit to play songs that are similar in genre, mood and era, play additional songs from the specific artist or add to an existing playlist within their favorite streaming music service.
In addition to creating a seamless music experience for consumers, GRACENOTE's connected music solution also solves one of the greatest challenges for global automotive manufacturers -- fragmentation of entertainment services by market. While one popular music streaming service is available in the U.S., it may not be available in other international markets. GRACENOTE's catalog of song IDs for streaming services will give automakers the flexibility to easily link drivers to their regional streaming music services. Automakers may also choose to leverage GRACENOTE RHYTHM, its music discovery platform, to enable automatic playlisting within a local library.