Berlin, Germany –HARMAN, the premium global audio and infotainment group (NYSE:HAR), announced today at IFA 2014 that the JBL Authentics Wireless Home Audio Series will now include Spotify Connect compatibility. Spotify Connect, developed by the digital music service, will allow listeners to seamlessly shift the audio they are listening to via Spotify on other devices over to their Wi-Fi connected HARMAN home systems without interruption.
“We are excited to strengthen our partnership with Spotify by bringing Spotify Connect capabilities to our premium home entertainment systems,” said Michael Mauser, President, HARMAN Lifestyle Division. “With over 60years of experience in the audio industry but with an eye on tomorrow’s trends, we understand that music fans want seamless and easy access to the best sounding audio. Bringing Spotify’s premium streaming service into HARMAN’s audio ecosystem means customers have more options to connect to and customize their listening experiences.”
“We are dedicated to making music easy to access and enjoy anytime, on any device and in any environment, and that’s why we are pleased to be partnering with Harman,” stated Pascal de Mul, Global Head of Hardware Partnerships, Spotify. “With Spotify Connect seamlessly integrated into the JBL Authentics, listeners can now easily bring Spotify’s catalogue of millions of songs to their home entertainment system for the ultimate listening experience, controlled seamlessly from the Spotify application.”
JBL Authentics Wireless Home Entertainment Series
First announced at CES 2014 and the first to boast HARMAN’s Clari-Fi technology, the JBL Authentics L16 and L8 are ideal sound systems for use with any audio source –from satellite and Internet radio to an MP3 file. Now, with Spotify Connect, JBL Authentic owners will be able to easily access millions of songs directly with complete control from a smartphone or mobile device with less battery drain and range improvement as well as new multi-tasking capabilities, so you can text, play games and watch videos without interrupting the music or impacting audio quality.
JBL Authentics units already in market will receive a software update shortly that will feature Spotify Connect. The Spotify Connect functionality will be standard on all new models shipped moving forward. Additionally, the JBL Authentics Series features AirPlay, DLNA and Bluetooth connectivity so audio can be streamed easily from any wireless device.
The JBL Authentics L16 and L8 are available for $999.95 and $599.95 respectively, and can be purchased online at JBL.com and in-store at participating retailers.
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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 you 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 now available in 57 markets globally with more than 40 million active users, and over 10 million paying subscribers. Since its launch in Sweden in 2008, Spotify has driven more than US $1bn to rights holders. Spotify is now the second biggest source of digital music revenue for labels in Europe, and the biggest and most successful music streaming service of its kind globally. For more information visit www.spotify.com and http://press.spotify.com/
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.