MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE Spotify has teamed up with music hardware makers to launch Connect, an audio service that syncs music across phones and tablets as well as home audio devices such as hifi systems and speakers.
In a bid to take on rival Apple's Airplay and Google's Chromecast, the service is set to go live later this year on Apple's iOS devices, making its way later to Android as well as Spotify desktop devices.
Connect will work by syncing across home audio devices, such as speakers and hifi systems, streaming directly from Spotify, but still controlled by its mobile app. Users will be able to pair their mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones with their audio hardware. This will alow you to switch the music you're listening to from your phone to your stereo when you get home without stopping playback.
The service is different than Spotify's present offering, as the smartphone or tablet device acts as a controller, with the hifi or speakers streaming the music directly from Spotify rather than via the mobile device.
However, the service will require Spotify Connect compatible wireless speakers to work. Partners that are building compatible speakers include Argon, Bang & Olufsen, Denon, Marantz, Philips, Pioneer, Revo, Teufel and Yamaha, with "further brands coming soon".
Spotify said that it launched the service due to the "frustrating" experiences that can be encountered when listening to music over WiFi or 3G from amobile device, such as dropouts, below-par audio quality, signal range and phone restrictions, and excessive battery drainage.
"Spotify Connect solves this by giving you effortless control of your music across your phone, tablet and now speakers with millions of songs built right in," Spotify said.
Spotify will roll out Connect to Spotify Premium subscribers on iPhone, iPad and home audio systems over the coming months, with Android and desktop updates to follow. µ
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