Clarion’s Exclusive Smart Access Connectivity Platform Allows Users to Enjoy and Control Mobile Apps Directly from the Screen of their Car Audio and Entertainment System
Cypress, Calif. July 22, 2015 – Clarion Corporation of America, a leader in consumer and commercial mobile electronics, announced today the addition of Rdio, a leading music streaming service, to its ever-growing portfolio of compatible mobile apps optimized for in-vehicle use on Smart Access™ equipped Clarion audio systems. With this announcement, Android users with the Rdio app will now be able to access the app directly from the screen of any Smart Access enabled Clarion car entertainment system, bringing one of the streaming industry’s biggest music libraries to their vehicles.
“It’s hard to believe that, not long ago, changing the type of the music we listened to in the car required switching radio stations, swapping cassettes or CDs, or scrolling through songs on personal media players,” said Allen H. Gharapetian, Clarion’s Vice President of Marketing and Product Planning. “With countless streaming music apps available on today’s smartphones, consumers have a lot of choices and can listen to practically any song ever recorded at the swipe of a finger. But, by making these same apps compatible with our Smart Access connectivity platform, we allow users to seamlessly enjoy and control great apps, such as Rdio, inside their cars without distraction.”
“Delivering the Rdio experience to users across devices is a top priority for us and we look forward to giving more drivers around the world access to Rdio’s massive catalog and superior streaming features through Clarion’s Smart Access platform,” said Anthony Bay, CEO, Rdio.
Rdio’s mission is to connect people with the music they love – everywhere, on every device. Rdio features one of the world’s largest licensed music catalogs with more than 35 million songs available in 85 countries. Music fans can enjoy Rdio as a free, personalized stations-first Internet radio experience, an ad-free streaming radio and 25-song on-demand subscription service, or as a full on-demand subscription service.
About Smart Access
Exclusive to Clarion, Smart Access is the world's most advanced and extensive cloud-based information access, analysis and sharing platform. Smart Access provides proactive real-time analysis of destination routes on the go, allows for customization of entertainment options, enables safe and easy access to social media networks, monitors status of the vehicle, and provides an easy, distraction free way to use many of the popular smartphone apps while driving. Learn more on the web at www.clarionsmartaccess.com.
Headquartered in Cypress, California, Clarion Corporation of America is a subsidiary of Japan-based Clarion Co. Ltd, which has been a consolidated subsidiary of the Hitachi Group since 2006. Clarion has been an international leader in car audio and electronics since 1940. The company is engaged in the research, development, engineering, design, manufacturing, sales and marketing of mobile entertainment, navigation, infotainment, communication, safety and security products for the automotive, marine, recreational vehicle, commercial fleet and heavy industry environments. Clarion has been the recipient of numerous excellence awards for design, innovation, support, manufacturing and product reliability from independent organizations. The company has marketing and sales affiliates in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. Clarion is located on the web at www.clarion.com/us.
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Rdio, one of the world’s largest licensed music services, offers a catalog of over 35 million songs in more than 85 countries worldwide. Rdio’s mission is to provide access to every song, on every device, anywhere in the world instantly, online or offline — tuned to you. Rdio’s critically acclaimed applications combine the best of personal choice, social engagement, tastemaker curation and algorithmic personalization. Music fans can enjoy Rdio as a free, personalized stations-first Internet radio experience, an ad-free streaming radio and 25-song on-demand subscription service, or as a full on-demand subscription service. Founded by Janus Friis, co-creator of Skype, in August 2010, Rdio is headquartered in San Francisco. More information on Rdio is available at: www.rdio.com.