Posted on December 17, 2013 - Santa Clara, Calif., and Palo Alto, Calif.
Driving digital entertainment innovation, Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI) and TuneIn, the world’s leading service for listening to live radio, today announced a data licensing agreement in which TuneIn plans to power its digital music offerings for a variety of consumer devices with Rovi Music Data. Together, the companies are enhancing the music discovery experience for internet radio listeners using TuneIn, with rich, descriptive information about the songs, albums and artists.
TuneIn Radio, one of the world’s most popular streaming services, enables consumers to connect to and enjoy radio programming from more than 100,000 radio stations from around the globe. TuneIn is licensing Rovi’s Music Data for North America, Europe and the United Kingdom, and using it to initially populate the TuneIn.com website. With Rovi’s global coverage of music data, TuneIn radio listeners will have access to information on more than three million album releases and nearly 30 million tracks worldwide.
In addition, TuneIn plans to roll out Rovi Music on its mobile service to provide listeners on over 200 connected devices with an easy-to-read music experience on the go. Rovi Music Data supports a variety of platforms with professionally written bios and reviews, created in multiple lengths to fit different screen sizes.
“We are constantly looking for new ways to enhance the listening experience for our 40 million monthly listeners,” said Kristin George, VP of Product at TuneIn. “Rovi’s expansive library of music data is a natural fit for our global music offering.”
“As TuneIn provides the ability for listeners to connect to music streaming from around the world, our music data adds another layer of interaction,” said Bob Shallow, SVP of sales and marketing for Rovi. “Because Rovi’s database provides wide coverage of global music, we can help enable services, such as TuneIn, offer a more entertaining online music discovery experience.”
Rovi Music is one of the largest music data repositories in the world, providing information that spans from popular hits and cult favorites to minor works and classical masterpieces. With access to original editorial, rich media, social media content and more, consumers can discover, manage and enjoy digital music across multiple platforms and devices. Also within the Rovi Music portfolio are extensive music search and discovery capabilities, as well as rich commerce support tools, all to help Rovi customers differentiate their offerings and deliver innovation to consumers.
TuneIn Radio lets people listen to the world’s sports, news, talk, and music from wherever they are, with over 100,000 radio stations and more than two million on-demand programs streaming from every continent, available across 200 connected devices. With over 40 million monthly active listeners, TuneIn Radio is one of the world’s most popular audio streaming services. The company raised venture funding from IVP, Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, General Catalyst Partners, and Jafco Ventures, and is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif.
Rovi powers the discovery, delivery, display and monetization of digital entertainment. With innovative technology solutions for consumer electronics manufacturers, service providers, content producers, advertisers, retailers and websites, Rovi connects people and the entertainment they love. The company holds over 5,000 issued or pending patents worldwide and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. More information about Rovi can be found at rovicorp.com.
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