Pioneer announced the integration of a new music solution - Spotify Connect ? into a range of home electronic products including Pioneer's complete line of 2013 networked audio video receivers and XW-SMA Wi-Fi wireless speakers.
The popular music streaming service created Spotify Connect as a simple solution to bring the Spotify service already available on smart devices into the home.
Spotify Connect will work over Wi-Fi, 3G or LAN, providing continuous playback even if connection type changes half-way through a song. Because the Spotify Connect service is a built-in source, music started on compatible Pioneer speakers or AV receivers through the Spotify app on a mobile device continues to play even when the mobile device is no longer within range. Users have the freedom to move about without having to deal with a mobile device's limited signal range, dropouts, or incoming phone calls that can disrupt or cut off music playback. And, unlike other wireless music solutions, using the feature does not drain the battery life of the user's smart device because Spotify Connect transmission is directly on the Pioneer product.
To simplify connectivity and activate the Spotify Connect feature, users can simply install the updated Spotify app on an iPhone or iPad, touch the Connect icon, and all connected Pioneer devices will appear in the "Connected Menu." Playlists from one compatible device can be transitioned to another device without interruption.
Spotify Connect will be available to Spotify Premium subscribers and launched over the coming months. A firmware update for Pioneer's line of networked AV receivers and wireless speakers is required for Spotify Connect compatibility. The firmware update will be available on Pioneer?s website.