North Reading, Mass. -
has teamed up with the
music service to deliver more than 80 Internet radio stations, plus personalized stations, to Rotel's first networked-audio components.
Berlin-based Aupeo! will offer a free ad-supported 128Kbps service and a subscription-based ad-free 320Kbps service to two previously announced networked Rotel products, now due in the summer. Additional networked components are due sometime in the fourth quarter, a spokesperson said.
One of the two previously announced products is the $999-suggested RDG-1520 stereo FM tuner with integrated Internet radio tuner and ability to stream music from a networked PC that uses Windows Media Player 11. The device comes with included Wi-Fi USB dongle. The second product is the $1,500 RCX-1500 stereo CD-receiver with embedded FM tuner and the same Internet radio and PC networking features as the RDG-1520. It also comes with Wi-Fi dongle.
Rotel chose Aupeo! so it could offer the service to consumers in Europe and Asia as well as the U.S. Other popular Internet-radio services available in the U.S. stream only to U.S. consumers, Rotel said.
With Aupeo!, users can create personalized music selections based on artist, mood and the like. A free basic service streams music at 128Kbps, and a premium package offers higher quality streaming at up to 320Kbps -- the perfect match for the exceptional sound quality of Rotel's products.