Rovi Corporation today announced that Kenwood has integrated the Rovi Media Recognition solution with iPhone functionality into its new all-in-one AV integrated navigation systems in Japan, the MDV-737DT and MDV-535DT. The companion iPhone app "KENWOOD Music Info." pulls from Rovi's enormous collection of music metadata to allow consumers to identify CDs and songs using their iPhone and their Kenwood navigation system. JVC KENWOOD Corporation is one of Japan's largest automotive audio system manufacturers and one of the world's leading suppliers of automotive audio systems.
"Kenwood's new systems are significant in that they are the first in-car products to enable Rovi music data access from the iPhone," said Yukihiro Osawa, senior vice president of Japan CE sales for Rovi. "Kenwood's navigation technology and Rovi's expansive music data are a powerful combination for enhancing the way consumers experience in-car entertainment with mobile applications."
The new iPhone functionality enables Kenwood users to get Rovi music metadata for even the newest releases without having to spend the time or effort to periodically update the local database embedded in their car navigation device. In addition to its iPhone app compatibility, Kenwood's in-car navigation system accesses Rovi music information such as album, track and artists' names. Also part of the in-car navigation system, KENWOOD Music Editor-VXII software incorporates Rovi's acoustic fingerprint recognition capability that uses a unique identifier created from an acoustic analysis of each audio track to automatically identify and tag music files.
The app "KENWOOD Music Info." can already be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store, and the MDV-737DT and MDV-535DT navigation systems will be available for sale this month.
About Rovi Corporation
Rovi Corporation (rovicorp.com) is focused on revolutionizing the digital entertainment landscape by delivering solutions that enable consumers to intuitively connect to new entertainment from many sources and locations. The company also provides extensive entertainment discovery solutions for television, movies, music and photos to its customers in the consumer electronics, cable and satellite, entertainment and online distribution markets. These solutions, complemented by industry leading entertainment data, create the connections between people and technology, and enable them to discover and manage entertainment in an enjoyable form.
Rovi holds approximately 5,100 issued or pending patents worldwide and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with numerous offices across the United States and around the world including Japan, China, Luxembourg, and the United Kingdom.
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