Spotify Connect Music Streaming Service Incorporated into Variety of Pioneer Home Entertainment Products

  Spotify Connect Music Streaming Service Incorporated into Variety of Pioneer
  Home Entertainment Products

Spotify Connect Offers Another Music Choice for Pioneer AV Receiver and XW-SMA
                            Wireless Speaker Users

Business Wire

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- September 3, 2013

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. continues its commitment to offer the latest
streaming entertainment services and today announces the integration of a new
music solution – Spotify Connect – into a range of home electronic products
including Pioneer’s complete line of 2013 networked audio video receivers and
XW-SMA Wi-Fi^® wireless speakers. The highly popular music streaming service
created Spotify Connect as a simple and seamless solution to bring the Spotify
service already available on smart devices into the home.

“Spotify Connect adds another dimension to the existing music streaming
services that are already built in to our products so Pioneer users will have
even more entertainment choices,” said Chris Walker, director of AV product
planning and marketing for the Home Electronics Division of Pioneer
Electronics (USA) Inc.

Spotify Connect will seamlessly work over Wi-Fi, 3G or LAN, providing
continuous playback even if connection type changes half-way through a song.
Because the Spotify Connect service is a built-in source^1, music started on
compatible Pioneer speakers or AV receivers through the Spotify app on a
mobile device continues to play even when the mobile device is no longer
within range. Users have the freedom to move about without having to deal with
a mobile device’s limited signal range, dropouts, or incoming phone calls that
can disrupt or cut off music playback. And, unlike other wireless music
solutions, using the feature does not drain the battery life of the user’s
smart device because Spotify Connect transmission is directly on the Pioneer

Pioneer’s receivers and wireless speakers combined with Spotify Connect
provide listeners with high-quality audio playback and excellent performance
anywhere in the home. To simplify connectivity and activate the Spotify
Connect feature, users can simply install the updated Spotify app on an iPhone
or iPad, touch the Connect icon, and all connected Pioneer devices will appear
in the “Connected Menu.” Playlists from one compatible device can be
seamlessly transitioned to another device without interruption.

Spotify Connect will be available to Spotify Premium subscribers and launched
over the coming months. A firmware update for Pioneer’s line of networked AV
receivers and wireless speakers is required for Spotify Connect compatibility.
The firmware update will be available on Pioneer’s website.

About Spotify

Spotify is an award-winning digital music service that gives you on-demand
access to over 20 million tracks. Our dream is to make all the world’s music
available instantly to everyone, wherever and whenever they want it. Spotify
makes it easier than ever to discover, manage and share music with your
friends, while making sure that artists get a fair deal.

Spotify is available in 28 markets: USA, UK, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark,
France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain,
Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Luxembourg, Italy, Portugal, Singapore, Hong
Kong, Malaysia, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Iceland and Mexico, with
more than 24 million active users, and over 6 million paying subscribers.

Since its launch in Sweden in 2008, Spotify has driven more than half a
billion US dollars to rights holders, and aims to drive another half a billion
US dollars to rights holders during 2013. Spotify is already the second
biggest source of digital music revenue for labels in Europe (IFPI, 2011) and
the biggest and most successful music streaming service of its kind globally.

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., and its
U.S. Web address is Its parent company, Pioneer
Corporation, is a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio, video and
computer equipment for the home, car and business markets and is celebrating
75 years of innovation in the consumer electronics industry.

^1 After installation of the firmware update.

PIONEER and the Pioneer logo are registered trademarks of Pioneer Corporation.

Connect is a trademark of Spotify AB.

Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.


Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
Jaed Arzadon, 310-952-2451
Katherine Harbeston, 310-952-2388
Dana Block, 310-496-4460
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