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Struer, Denmark – Bang & Olufsen has begun offering a software upgrade that adds Spotify’s on-demand music-streaming service to the company’s $6,324 BeoSound 5 two-piece digital music system.
The system plays back music from multiple sources, including its own hard drive and 14,000 Internet radio stations. It also plays music via AirPlay, DLNA and stereo Bluetooth.
The two-chassis unit, which must be used with separately sold active speakers, features one hideaway chassis that contains the hard drive that stores the BeoSound 5's operating system and music ripped in multiple formats, including WMA and FLAC. The second chassis, a book-size controller/display unit, features 10.4-inch color LCD color, which displays album art and menu choices arrayed around a large aluminum control wheel. Consumers use the wheel to spin through albums, artists, songs, genres and album covers, all moving in a circular pattern around the wheel.
Spotify makes 20 million songs available on demand. Spotify capability can be added to existing Beosund 5 systems via a free software download available today. Spotify is also available in new BeSound 5 models.
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