Audio News for June 28, 2006

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Home Entertainment Network Years Away, Says Intel – The goal of the IT industry to put computer-networked all-in-one home entertainment systems in most homes will take several more years to be realized according to an Intel executive. Eric Kim, chief marketing executive at semiconductor and IT system provider Intel said “TV is the main item, but it is also the most closed environment. It takes time to connect TVs to other appliances. It cannot be accomplished in just one day.” Instead, Intel is working with healthcare businesses and mobile PCs, seeing more opportunities in those areas. They have three separate brands in the platform business: Centrino for mobile use, vPro for enterprise solutions, and the new Viiv for home entertainment – which was launched in January to provide for a single network of TV, PCs and all digital devices that run applications, play movies and music, games, and allow web surfing.

StreamNet Selected to Connect Speakers and Components Over IP Networks – Leading British home audio manufacturer Naim Audio will utilize StreamNet technology from the U.S. company NetStreams to connect and operate its  components over IP home and commercial networks. Naim is entering the IP-based multiroom audio market with a suite of products they are calling NaimNet.  It will include music servers for lossless digital music storage with advanced database features and ease of use. Naim is the second in a group of manufacturers adopting Streamnet technology into their own products, joining Polk Audio and other makers to be announced later this year. Products will carry a ‘Connected by StreamNet’ logo to indicate plug-and-play interoperability and audio synchronization across a TCP/IP network.

More Than 25% of Consumers Have MP3 in Their Vehicles Now – Research from the Consumer Electronics Association shows that 97% own an AM/FM radio but digital audio alternatives have gained a foothold in the automotive electronics market.  Not only MP3 players but also MP4 video players are being incorporated into new models. Mobile technologies did $6 billion business in 2005 and more than $30 billion worth of mobile electronics products will be shipped this year. 56% of consumers expressed interest in owning an alarm system and almost half were interested in a navigation system.

Boosey & Hawkes Inaugurates Jazz Publishing –  Heretofore classical -only publisher Boosey & Hawkes is expanding its offerings to include catalogs from the world of jazz, beginning with works by pianist/composers Chick Corea and David Benoit, and the Second Floor Music catalog, with some of the best-known compositions of the bop and post-bop eras. Pianist Benoit said “Being a huge fan of B&H composers like Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and John Adams, I am especially honored to be part of this very prestigious publishing company.”  B&H will represent all forthcoming works from these catalogs, including concert pieces, media scores, and album tracks. A partnership has also been developed with the International Association for Jazz Education to support and encourage jazz composers, students and educators.

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