Newest BluOS update v2.6.1 will allow users to index over 200,000 tracks and continues to add music service integration
Pickering, Ontario October 5, 2016 – Version 2.6.1 of BluOS, features significant music indexing changes and a number of user interface enhancements, in conjunction with a new music service integration.
BluOS 2.6.1 makes it possible for music lovers with large music collections to index over 200,000 songs and access them through the BluOS Controller App. This makes Bluesound unique in the category and cements its position in the marketplace as the multi-room streaming leader for true music lovers. Current users of BluOS-enabled products for both the Bluesound and NAD brands will be prompted to update their player firmware to take advantage of this feature.
Current users will also notice a redesigned player drawer that puts quick access audio controls at a user’s fingertips, and also offers expanded options for those who have purchased Bluesound’s new PULSE SOUNDBAR.
As a result of our continued dialogue with music services and technology partners, BluOS is now integrated with Microsoft Groove, which offers access to over 40 million songs for streaming and download. In addition to Microsoft Groove as a new music service, and a newly expanded library index, the new BluOS firmware revamps the at-home listening experience and also now features:
- New app widgets for iOS, Android and Desktop PC
- Enhanced user interface for the Apple Watch App
- Multi-touch app interface for iOS devices including 3D Touch
- Grouped playback when syncing audio/video in real-time
BluOS is pleased to be able to serve the needs of true music lovers everywhere,” said Greg Stidsen, Lenbrook’s Director of Technology and Product Planning. Stidsen went on to add, “The new changes will also give us abilities to expand functionality for music lovers further. I don’t want to give too much away right now, but we do have some exciting developments coming soon around user-defined sorting as one example.”
Developed for Lenbrook’s premium wireless audio brands, Bluesound and NAD Electronics, BluOS is music management software and an advanced operating system that allows for interoperability among enabled devices and provides connectivity to numerous cloud and network music sources. This powerful software, built together with the most advanced audio technologies from NAD and Bluesound to be the leading solution for multi-room hi-res audio, also allows custom integrators to connect, manage and control networked music in a connected home.
An alliance of audiophiles. We are the designers, engineers and individuals who have spent our lives in the music industry. Our founders helped pioneer HiFi in the 70s – innovation and the pursuit of perfection in audio runs deep in our collective DNA. Bluesound’s sole mission is to create innovative wireless audio products and technologies that allow for the most true-to-live performance music reproduction possible, utilizing the most advanced, state-of-the-art digital technology.
Founded in 1972 and now sold in 100 countries, NAD Electronics is renowned for its awardwinning line of high quality components for audio, home theater and custom installation applications. The company’s products consistently deliver outstanding performance, value and simplicity. With over forty years of innovation and value, NAD products are proudly distributed worldwide by Lenbrook.
BluOS is a proprietary operating system shared by high-end audio brands Bluesound and NAD Electronics. Unlike other solutions that rely on 3rd party software like UPnP, BluOS is a dedicated ‘music only’ operating system that allows for interoperability among enabled devices and provides connectivity to numerous cloud and network music sources. BluOS fully supports High Resolution Audio (HRA) and Master Quality Authenticated (MQA), as well as all popular lossless and lossy codecs. It also features seamless integrations with common smart home controls like Control4, Crestron, and RTI, among others. BluOS-enabled devices can be controlled with a free app available for smartphones, tablets, and desktops.
The Lenbrook Group of Companies is a privately held Canadian corporation who are the owners of NAD Electronics, PSB Speakers and Bluesound. Formed in 1978, Lenbrook, parent company and owner of Lenbrook Americas, Asia and International, initially was a national distributor of electronics and communications products in Canada and has grown to become a leading global supplier to 80 countries around the world.
About Microsoft Groove
Groove Music (formerly Xbox Music and Zune Music) is a digital music streaming and download service accessible through the Windows Store and now also the BluOS Controller App. Subscribers to the Microsoft Groove Music Pass will have ad-free streaming access to over 40 million tracks. Users can also create personal playlists and customize radio stations based on music they already listen to.