Cinemo and Gracenote Align To Enable a New Entertainment Experience for the Connected Car

Collaboration is set to offer revolutionary new ways to consume media in an automotive setting

Karlsruhe, Germany, January 7th, 2014 – Cinemo, a global leader in high performance automotive grade middleware for multimedia playback, streaming, media management and connectivity, and Gracenote®, the leader in music recognition technology and metadata, will closely cooperate to seamlessly combine Gracenote's technologies with Cinemo's Unified Media Player™. These advancements will be the basis for next generation in-car entertainment solutions that leverage the way content can be enriched in dramatic new ways.

Gracenote improves how drivers access and manage their music through music recognition technology, licensed Cover Art and playlisting. Its next iteration of infotainment innovations will further improve the music experience on the road by identifying and adapting to a driver’s listening behavior, musical tastes and listening context, as well as linking them to favorite Cloud music services. Together, Gracenote’s technology and metadata will provide for a safer and more personalized experience on the open road.

Gracenote has a long history of working with automotive makers and recently announced the integration of its technology and music metadata into its 50 millionth car. Cinemo is already the recipient of two CES 2014 Innovations Design and Engineering Honoree Awards, and is fast becoming the multimedia provider of choice for automotive with a fast growing number of worldwide design wins.

"Using Gracenote's leading technologies along with Cinemo’s high performance middleware extends an already innovative concept in Infotainment Usability and Control," said Jim Corbett, Executive Vice President and Co-founder of Cinemo GmbH. "This new deep integration will provide a unique cohesive solution for all Tier-1 and OEMs to incorporate in any IVI development process."

"As we transition to always connected entertainment systems in cars, it’s important to find technology partners who share the same vision of the future,” said Ty Roberts, CTO and co-founder, Gracenote. “Cinemo and Gracenote share a vision for the next generation in-vehicle entertainment experience. With Cinemo, we are confident that we will be able to connect the latest entertainment devices to infotainment systems and help drivers manage and navigate large digital media libraries for a safer and more customized entertainment experience.”


About Cinemo

Cinemo is a global leader in automotive grade multimedia playback, streaming, media management and connectivity middleware in the embedded world. CPU and Operating System agnostic as well as highly optimized for low power and low footprint devices, Cinemo's unified middleware solutions decode, play, render, stream, manage and index virtually any file, disc, connected device and streaming format. Designed and optimized for the high quality requirements of the automotive industry, Cinemo’s solutions can be seamlessly integrated into entry, mid and high automotive / in-vehicle infotainment system head and rear seat units, as well as automotive Apps enabling powerful new use cases.

Cinemo GmbH is a privately held German Corporation, headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany. With a dedicated and strong engineering team, Cinemo's technologies represent the best in their class.

For more information, please visit www.cinemo.com

About Gracenote

Gracenote, Inc. provides music and video content and technologies to the world’s hottest entertainment products and brands. Gracenote is the industry standard for music and video recognition and is supported by the largest source of music and video metadata, featuring descriptions of more than 180 million tracks and TV listings for 30+ countries. A wholly owned, independent subsidiary of the Sony Corporation of America (SCA), Gracenote has offices in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin, Seoul, Taipei and San Francisco with worldwide headquarters in Emeryville, Calif. For more information, visit our website www.gracenote.com or follow us at @GracenoteTweets and www.facebook.com/PoweredbyGracenote.