Gracenote has announced the launch of a new connected music solution – Gracenote Entourage – that will create a common platform to unify all music sources within a car’s head unit. This new solution will enable automakers to bridge online and offline music sources and will be available for 2017 model year cars.
Gracenote’s connected music solution will enable drivers to link their musical experience from traditional radio to their favorite streaming music services through a consistent user interface, regardless of the source, by delivering high-quality metadata to the car’s display.
“The arrival of the connected car is pushing the automotive industry to think about the musical journey in a very different way,” says Gracenote’s Co-Founder Ty Roberts. “With Entourage Radio, we’re adding an intelligent layer that helps identify what songs are being played and the source. Once you identify what a driver is listening to and when, you can create entirely new experiences across multiple music sources from AM/FM radio and streaming to local music collections stored on a device.”
Gracenote Entourage is the underlying technology that enables the continuous audio fingerprinting of the songs for real-time music recognition. Identification of the audio source in real-time helps Gracenote to provide the correct song, artist and album information, deliver relevant cover art as well as station logos to the automotive display.
Once a song has been recognized, listeners can select other similar songs, play additional songs from the specific artist or add to an existing playlist within their favorite streaming music service – all through the car’s head unit.