San Diego - Set-top Internet bridge maker
said Tuesday that it has added MP3tunes to its expanding list of streaming entertainment services available on its Roku players.
MP3tunes will enable users to play their entire iTunes library through a Roku player without having to set up any type of home media server.
Users simply upload their iTunes music to an MP3tunes locker to be able to play those songs (and song playlists) through a Roku Player-connected TV or home-theater system.
"Now customers can get their music library to their TV without the complexity or cost of a home server," said Michael Robertson, MP3tunes CEO. "For less than $100, iTunes users or any music enthusiast can turn a TV into a home stereo and take advantage of the best speakers in their house."
MP3tunes is using Roku's open software developer kit to create a channel, which in turn uses the MP3tunes API, Roku said.
The unique open music API (
) allows any web-aware device for car, home or mobile to play a personal music collection.
To promote the development, Roku revealed a
giving Roku Player purchasers a $20 discount on the purchase of a Roku HD or Roku HD-XR player and a free, premium 50GB MP3tunes locker.
The MP3tunes locker can be used to stream an entire iTunes library to another computer, to an iPhone or iPod Touch that may not have enough storage, and an Android phone as well as a Roku player.
Roku customers can find the free MP3tunes channel in the Roku channel store. By adding this channel to their Roku, customers can access their song libraries and playlists which have historically been available only on their PC in iTunes or portable players which they sync. The MP3tunes channel defaults to a one-click shuffle mode, which immediately plays a random mix of music along with a visual display of accompanying cover art. Customers may choose to browse their music and select artists, albums or playlists to hear.
All Roku customers receive 10GB of free storage space for their music which, on average, will store music libraries up to 2,500 songs. Additional storage for larger music collections is available with MP3tunes premium locker accounts up to 200GB.
Roku is the first partner selected by MP3tunes to deliver its service in the home entertainment category. MP3tunes joins a growing list of Internet-based entertainment service providers available on the platform, including: Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand and the Ultimate Fighting Championship.