Berlin – Monster will go to the IFA show here with its first wireless multiroom-audio speakers based on Qualcomm’s AllPlay platform.
AllPlay, which uses Wi-Fi and supports high-resolution audio codecs, is promoted as offering advantages over Apple’s AirPlay and DLNA. Qualcomm also positions its solution as an alternative to single-brand proprietary solutions, enabling consumers to buy compatible products from multiple brands.
Early this year at International CES, Panasonic demonstrated AllPlay-compatible tabletop speakers, and Altec Lansing said it plans to support the technology. Neither company has announced shipment dates as yet. Monster’s line is called SoundStage.
Separately, Qualcomm announced the general availability of its AllPlay Click Software Development Kit (SDK), enabling additional companies to offer AllPlay products that would interoperate with AllPlay speakers from other brands.
In addition, Fon announced plans to add AllPlay capability to its Gramofon Cloud jukebox later this year. The Gramofon app will display an AllPlay icon when it detects AllPlay-enabled speakers and music systems on a Wi-Fi network. Users will then be able to select the speakers to which they want to send the Cloud-based music. Other Cloud-based music services that have AllPlay-compatible apps or plan to offer them include (DAR FM), WiMP, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Rhapsody and SomaFM.
With AllPlay products, consumers will be able to use an app to stream one or more locally stored songs to one or more speakers at a time. The apps also double as a controller to direct one or more songs at a time from a DLNA-enabled PC or NAS drive to one or more speakers at a time.
AllPlay supports synchronous streaming of music to up to 10 zones.
From a compatible music-service app, users will be able to select the speakers to which they want to send Cloud-based music. Music from multiple streaming apps running simultaneously on one mobile device can be directed to different speakers simultaneously.