BluOS 3.6 Brings New Streaming Services, a New MQA Listening Option and Enablement of Google Assistant
Software update scheduled for October 2019 will give users access to even more music.
TORONTO, CANADA, OCTOBER 8, 2019 – BluOS™, the premium multi-room music management platform by Lenbrook International, has announced a number of enhancements that will come with the release of version 3.6. On or around October 15, 2019, users will be prompted to update their BluOS players, at which time, users will gain access to two new streaming services, Google Assistant, and support for MQA-CD in the NAD Masters M50.2 and the BLUESOUND VAULT.
NEW STREAMING SERVICES
Idagio and Radio.com join the 20 other eclectic streaming services already available to BluOS users, expanding the variety and sources of audio content that can be enjoyed on BluOS Enabled products.
BluOS is the exclusive hi-res multi-room streaming partner for IDAGIO, the leading classical music streaming service. Crafted in Berlin by a world-class team of over 80 passionate experts in technology, business, and design, IDAGIO offers a search tailor-made for classical music, a catalog of over 2 million licensed tracks, and exclusive recordings and playlists curated by renowned experts – all available in CD-quality sound FLAC (16-bit/44kHz). IDAGIO has subscribers in over 190 countries and the app has been downloaded more than 1.5 million times worldwide.
RADIO.COM is an integrated digital platform where consumers discover and connect live with the Entercom portfolio of premium, curated content powered by over 235 highly rated, locally programmed radio stations and their websites. RADIO.COM, the fastest growing digital audio app in the U.S., currently has over 300 stations and more than 3,000 podcasts, with more added continuously on its rapidly growing platform. RADIO.COM offers anytime, anywhere access through the RADIO.COM mobile app and website, and home and auto-connected devices, including Amazon Echo, Amazon FireTV, Sonos, Roku, Google Home, Google Chromecast, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and many more. RADIO.COM is a part of Entercom, a leading American media and entertainment company and one of the two largest radio broadcasters in the country.
BluOS users who prefer Android can now have voice control over their players using Google Assistant. Using Google’s proprietary skill-based system called “Actions on Google”, BluOS users can use commands like “Hey Google, talk to Blue Voice to play preset 3 in the kitchen,” or “Hey Google, talk to Blue Voice to set the default player to the bedroom.” Track selection, volume, repeat and other commands are also possible. The full list of playback commands using Google Assistant can be found on the BluOS support website.
MQA-CD PLAYBACK AND RIPPING
Owners of BLUESOUND’s VAULT and NAD Masters M50.2 BluOS Enabled players will be able to rip and store MQA-CDs. In many countries around the world, the CD is still a popular medium for music listening. The unique way in which MQA-CDs are encoded allows them to deliver richer, more natural sound. With the forthcoming BluOS software update, not only will Bluesound Vault and NAD Masters M50.2 owners be able to decode and play back MQA content from an MQA-CD, but also rip and store that content to their players, with all the benefits of MQA content intact.
BluOS™ is a premium multi-room audio ecosystem that manages stored and cloud music sources and playback, with support for high-resolution audio streams up to 24/192. Adopted by some of the most renowned hi-fi audio brands and integrated with numerous smart home and voice control systems, BluOS allows for interoperability among enabled devices across brands for maximum versatility and use cases. Integrations with popular streaming music services like Tidal, Spotify, and Deezer, as well as featuring support for FLAC, WAV, MQA, and other high-resolution formats and codecs, BluOS offers virtually unlimited access to music of all genres for any occasion. Made up of an operating system and a control application for smartphones, tablets, and PC desktops, BluOS is the ultimate choice for the modern audiophile.
ABOUT LENBROOK INTERNATIONAL
Lenbrook International, a subsidiary of the Lenbrook Group of Companies, is the owner and manufacturer of award-winning brands for home audio and residential install applications. Its full suite of products from NAD Electronics, PSB Speakers, Bluesound wireless multi-room players, and Bluesound Professional commercial audio, are distributed in over 80 countries, while its BluOS hi-res distributed audio platform continues to be adopted by some of the world’s leading premium audio brands.
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