British music service Pure Connect set for U.S. expansion

Friday, October 25, 2013 - 11:45am

Pure is a British consumer electronics company and ecosystem developer whose products include Internet-enabled radios, WiFi speakers, and a freemium listening platform called Pure Connect. The company’s business model ties together the Connect service with its in-home listening gadgets, much as Apple, Google, and Microsoft link music services with branded hardware devices.

Pure devices and the music service are sailing across the pond together -- the Jongo series of WiFi speakers is already available to U.S. consumers via Amazon and other outlets.

According to a rundown at Stuff.tv, Pure Connect holds a library of 15-million tracks and offers three levels of service, adding value on each tier with jukebox listening and downloading for offline listening.

The Jongo WiFi devices, naturally, are optimized to work with Pure Connect. This trick is similar to Spotify Connect, which is enabled via partnerships with speaker manufacturers. Spotify does not make its own speaker systems, whereas Pure’s many product components are all produced in-house.

More news from CES: Special Slacker app for Android tablets, new Pure Net radios, and the 'fridge that plays Pandora

Friday, January 13, 2012 - 12:25pm

Verizon Wireless and Slacker are showing off the new content-heavy Slacker Radio app made especially for the Android tablet and optimized to take advantage of Verizon's 4G LTE wireless network. Slacker says it designed the app with "a content-rich interface" to make the most of the speedy connection. The app features newly-designed station tile display with horizontal and vertical scrolling, station previews, and improved browsing to better enable music discovery. The new app came out of Verizon's Innovation Program, set up to advance its 4G LTE technology. Verizon works with various companies to develop devices and applications that use of Verizon Wireless' networks.

Pure Audio is exhibiting two new Internet radio devices. The first, the Sensia 200D Connect, can time-shift Internet radio programming and record audio content to a USB memory stick. Users can set the radio in advance to record up to three Internet-radio programs, or simply record what they're currently hearing with a single button-push. UK-based Pure is also showing the new Contour 200i, a speaker that can stream music via Apple's wireless AirPlay streaming technology, or through its dock on an iPod, iPhone, or iPad.

Finally, as industry journalist Eliot Van Buskirk notes, "It Wouldn’t Be CES Without an Internet Refrigerator; It Runs Pandora." He writes, "I’m half-convinced that these things only exist to give tech reporters a reliable oddity to write about each year as an example of the sort of Jetsons-style nonsense we can expect from the future." Samsung's Internet-enabled "icebox" supports Android apps like Pandora, Epicurious, Twitter, Google Calendar, AP News, Weatherbug, and Picasa. "The Pandora app allows you to stream your Pandora stations via Wi-Fi and even play them through speakers that are embedded in the refrigerator — because what you really need is crappy little speakers inside of every single one of your appliances." Read Van Buskirk's write-up here.

UK web radio manufacturer Pure to launch music subscription service

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 12:55pm

Pure's Sensia web radioPure, the UK-based maker of tabletop web radio devices, will launch a streaming music subscription service in December. Priced at £4.99 a month, it will give users access to 15 million songs.

The service will be available on any Internet-connected Pure radio (like the pictured Sensia model). Additionally, users will be able to tag songs they hear on Pure radios and stream them later using the subscription service. Pure will also offer mobile apps for iPhone and Android devices. 

To read more on the story, check out TechRadar's coverage here and Music Week's coverage here.

Pure to sell Contour Net radio in U.S.

Friday, October 14, 2011 - 11:00am

Pure's Contour radioPure's tabletop Internet radio Contour will be sold to U.S. customers through Amazon. Amazon is reportedly the European-based Pure's first U.S. retailer, but the company is expected to announce other retailers soon.

The Contour ($330) streams Internet radio stations, plays FM radio and features an iPod/iPhone dock. Radio World has more coverage here.

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