Ucentric Systems, a leading provider of home media networking software and services for the new digital home, announced the release of its latest product, Ucentric Whole Home Music 1.0.
Maynard, Mass. - Oct. 27, 2003 - Ucentric Systems, a leading provider of home media networking software and services for the new digital home, announced the release of its latest product, Ucentric Whole Home Music 1.0. Through Ucentric Whole Home Music 1.0, a software application designed to be integrated into set -top boxes and consumer electronic devices, consumers will be able to easily access and play their digital music collection in any room in their home through a user -friendly point and click interface that can be accessed from any screen including a TV, PC, PDA and even a cell phone in the future.
Ucentric Whole Home Music 1.0 is designed specifically for in -home storage, access and playback of digital music files and is the only in -home music application that automatically discovers and aggregates all the digital music files stored on networked appliances like media centers, set -top boxes and/or personal computers. For the first time, consumers will have whole -home access to all music resources in their home including their own CDs that they can rip onto a Ucentric Whole Home Music 1.0 enabled media center and CDs they can burn based upon playlists assembled from their private collection of stored music files. To provide metadata for ripped CDs, Ucentric has partnered with Gracenote, the industry standard in music recognition technology and related content delivery. Initially, Ucentric will provide access to Gracenote CDDB® and anticipates adding more functionality from the Gracenote Music Management System, including Gracenote MusicIDSM, Gracenote CleanSM, Gracenote PlaylistSM, Gracenote LinkSM and Gracenote EncodeSM; developed to provide a complete music listening experience in all music devices.
"The introduction of Ucentric Whole Home Music 1.0 provides consumers for the first time a convenient, easy to use solution that allows them to access all their collected music resources anywhere throughout the home," said Michael Collette, chief executive officer, Ucentric Systems. "We see this music solution as a valuable complement to our Digital Home Software Suite. For customers that are implementing our Multi -TV DVR solution, Whole Home Music 1.0 adds significant new value to consumers without an increase in hardware cost."
"This is going to change the way people think of their televisions - now, your music collection will be accessible, not from a stereo hooked up to your TV, but literally, from your TV," said Craig Palmer, president and CEO for Gracenote. "Offering consumers a unique and intuitive application for playing music and interacting with their existing libraries via their televisions is a huge step forward in home entertainment technology,"
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About Ucentric Systems
Ucentric Systems is a leading provider of home media networking software and services for the new digital home. Patented technology from Ucentric enables the secure, digital distribution of broadcast quality video, music and data to all connected rooms in the home, over low -cost, in -home wired or wireless networks. Ucentric's modular Digital Home Software Suite includes media center, media gateway, multi -TV digital video recording and whole home music software solutions that enables the distribution of information, entertainment and data services throughout the home for consumer ease and convenience.
The company works with manufacturers of consumer electronics and set -top boxes as well as cable and satellite operators to create market -leading, media -rich products. Based in Maynard, Massachusetts, Ucentric is backed by Polaris Venture Partners. For more information about Ucentric, please visit www.ucentric.com.
Gracenote® is the worldwide leader in information services for digital music and media. Headquartered in Emeryville, California and with offices in Tokyo, Japan, Gracenote provides a suite of integrated software and services that enable consumer electronics manufacturers and software developers to provide advanced digital media. Globally, over 30 million users each month rely on Gracenote to provide a better music listening experience, wherever they listen to music.
The Gracenote CDDB music recognition service enables developers to display artist, album and track name listings and other music -related information automatically in their applications, instead of the customary "disk, and track #", and provides simple, intuitive ways for users to categorize and access their music. Gracenote CDDB® is the foundation for Gracenote Music Management System, including Gracenote MusicIDSM, Gracenote CleanSM, Gracenote PlaylistSM, Gracenote LinkSM and Gracenote EncodeSM; developed to provide a complete music listening experience in all music devices.
Gracenote's information services are used by leading consumer electronics manufacturers including Alpine, Clarion, D&M Holdings, Digion, Fujitsu Ten, JVC, Kenwood, Matsushita, Panasonic, Onkyo, Pioneer, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, TDK and Yamaha; as well as leading media players including AOL's WinAmp, Apple's iTunes and RealNetworks RealOne Player. For more information about Gracenote, go to www.gracenote.com/corporate