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Harman and Spotify® Team Up to Simplify Streaming Audio for Global Listeners
|By Business Wire
|September 4, 2014 06:00 AM EDT
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
“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 60
years 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
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
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
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
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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.
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
* Number of tracks licensed globally. Catalogue size varies per
market and can also change over time.
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reserved. Harman Kardon is a trademark of HARMAN International
Industries, Incorporated, registered in the United States and/or other
countries. Features, specifications and appearance are subject to change
without notice. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered
trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by
HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated is under license. Other
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