New Partnerships with DTS, Google, Hisense & LG Electronics
LAS VEGAS, January 6, 2015 — Rdio, the global music streaming service, today announces partnerships with consumer electronics heavyweights that will continue to provide Rdio listeners with the broadest possible access to their favorite music anytime, anywhere, on any device. Working closely with industry leaders including DTS, Google, Hisense and LG Electronics, Rdio is extending its presence on connected home devices to provide music lovers around the world with convenient access to the best mix of free Internet radio and unlimited on-demand music.
Rdio content will soon be available through a pre-loaded app on Hisense smart TVs and other connected devices, building on Rdio’s current TV presence through Roku (the Roku remote control includes an Rdio button), its existing customized app on Google Chromecast, and upcoming HTML5-based smart TV compatibility.
The new partnerships also extend Rdio’s reach with in-home wireless speaker systems through integration in the LG Connect SDK home streaming platform for mobile devices interfacing with smart TVs, DTS Play-Fi® technology and Google Cast for audio (through the “Cast” button in the Rdio mobile app that automatically streams to Google Cast Ready speakers). These advancements add to Rdio’s current wireless speaker partnerships, which include Sonos, Samsung Shape and Bluesound devices by Lenbrook.
“Our vision is to offer every song ever recorded, on any device, anywhere in the world, instantly tuned to each listener. People listen to music wherever they are at work, in the car, on the go, and at home. Providing our customers with a simple, integrated and consistent music experience in their homes is a priority for us and one we are investing significant resources in,” said Anthony Bay, CEO, Rdio. “Dedicated audio devices as well as integrating music into the TV experience are priorities for Rdio, and we look forward to introducing Rdio on each of these exciting devices and platforms in 2015.”
“Rdio’s commitment to innovating the streaming space by simplifying the way people experience music make them a perfect partner for us,” said Dannie Lau, General Manager of the Play-Fi division of DTS. “We look forward to offering Rdio’s comprehensive features and high-quality audio in the Play-Fi ecosystem.”
“We are pleased to announce a global, multi-year partnership with Rdio to provide Hisense customers convenient access to Rdio’s excellent services,” said Erin Magee, Director of Marketing, Hisense USA Corporation.
“With LG’s Connect SDK, Rdio will bring even more audio content choices on LG webOS smart TVs,” said Steve Winston, Vice President of Engineering, LG Silicon Valley Lab. “We welcome Rdio to the growing number of outstanding apps integrated with Connect SDK for an unparalleled second-screen experience.”
Complete details for each partnership will be released later this year.
Rdio, one of the world’s largest licensed music services, offers a catalog of over 30 million songs in 60 countries worldwide. Rdio’s mission is to provide access to every song, on every device, anywhere in the world instantly, online or offline — tuned to you. Rdio’s critically acclaimed applications combine the best of personal choice, social engagement, human curation, algorithmic personalization, and programming from tastemakers. Music fans can enjoy Rdio as either a free, personalized stations-first Internet radio experience or as a full on-demand subscription service. Founded by Janus Friis, co-creator of Skype, in August 2010, Rdio is headquartered in San Francisco. More information on Rdio is available at: www.rdio.com