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Sonos Radio Meets Napster

New high-definition streaming service to use Powered by Napster platform-as-service

Sonos Radio HD, streaming audioSmart speaker maker Sonos will be using the Powered by Napster digital audio platform as a service for its new Sonos Radio HD high-definition audio streaming service.

A release explains what a “platform as service” does: “[the] platform offers companies a full suite of technologies and solutions that includes licensing and rights holder management, media streaming and download infrastructure, applications, personalization, recommendations, customer billing, and royalty administration capabilities.”

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Powered by Napster is a service from Rhapsody International. That company’s Bill Patrizio, president and CEO, said, “Our ongoing work with Sonos signals the continued significant growth of digital music and the demand for high-definition audio streaming.”

The new Sonos Radio HD service will provide the basic free Sonos Radio stations in high-definition, CD-quality 16-bit/44.1 kHz FLAC audio. The ad-less stations provide curated stations along with thematic stations along with 60,000 local radio stations worldwide and specialty sounds such as sleep and pink noise.

Sonos smart speaker owners can subscribe to Sonos Radio HD for US$7.99/£7.99 per month after a free 30-day trial.

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