The Echo Nest Powers Univision’s First-Ever Personalized Radio Service
Uforia Music App Takes Advantage of Industry Leading Music Discovery Platform
SOMERVILLE, Mass., July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Echo Nest, the industry’s leading music intelligence company, extends its reach by powering Univision’s Uforia music app for iOS, catering to one of the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. population.
The Uforia app offers U.S. Hispanic’s most popular live radio stations, a deep selection of Latin genres, exclusive digital channels, a custom radio offering with more than 20 million songs, and an unparalleled level of human curation.
“Univision’s Uforia app for iOS demonstrates the power of scalable curation, with The Echo Nest platform,” said Jim Lucchese, CEO of The Echo Nest. “We’re excited to collaborate with the leading media company serving Hispanic America to roll out this cutting-edge music discovery application.”
The Uforia app relies on The Echo Nest for its best-in-class dynamic playlisting technology to deliver customized artist radio stations. Listeners simply select an artist for their station, and the music begins. Unlike normal radio, it doesn’t end there; as fans rate, skip, and favorite songs and artists, their stations grow ever smarter thanks to The Echo Nest’s dynamic playlisting technology. The Echo Nest’s technology augments Univision’s programming expertise with the ability to scale to new or otherwise overlooked music.
“Univision is pleased to partner with The Echo Nest, a best-in-class music partner, to help us catapult Uforia to the next level,” said Evan Harrison, executive vice president of Content & Entertainment at Univision Radio. “While we recently joined the top 10 Triton streaming ranker, we are just getting started – partnerships like this will help us deliver the ultimate curated music service for U.S. Hispanics.
The Echo Nest provides its customers with the deepest musical understanding and is the first and only music intelligence company taking a big data approach to understanding music content and music fans. The Echo Nest’s music intelligence platform listens to music, reads about music, and understands fans, providing curators, such as Univision, an opportunity to extend their music programming voice infinitely across the world of music. No one person hears all of the available recorded music in the world or reads everything people everywhere are saying about music; The Echo Nest’s platform has the capability to do so.
In 2013, The Echo Nest has dramatically expanded its musical and global footprint, now powering music discovery experiences in over 80 countries around the world.
About The Echo Nest
The Echo Nest is the industry’s leading music intelligence company, providing developers with the deepest understanding of music content and music listeners.
Leading music services (Clear Channel’s iHeartradio, MOG, Rdio, SiriusXM, Spotify), editorial, video and social media networks (BBC.com, Foursquare, MTV, Twitter, VEVO, Yahoo!), connected device manufacturers (Buongiorno, doubleTwist, Nokia) and big brands (Coca Cola, Intel, Microsoft, Reebok) access the largest repository of music data and intelligence through our open API to build smarter music experiences that help fans to better discover, share and interact with the music they love. The Echo Nest’s customer base reaches over 100 million music fans every month and over 400 applications have been built on The Echo Nest platform.
Headquartered in Somerville, MA, The Echo Nest was co-founded by two MIT PhDs. Investors include Commonwealth Capital Ventures, Matrix Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and three co-founders of the MIT Media Lab.
About Univision Communications Inc.
Univision Communications Inc., UCI is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Its assets include Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching 96% of U.S. Hispanic households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching 89% of U.S. Hispanic households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network, as well as Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour cable network dedicated tonovelas, Univision Deportes Network, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to sports, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to news, and an additional suite of six cable offerings – DePelícula, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit and Distrito Comedia; UVideos, the first bilingual digital network serving Hispanic America; Univision Studios, which produces and co-produces reality shows, dramatic series and other programming formats for the Company’s platforms; Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates 62 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Hispanic radio group which owns and/or operates 69 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Interactive, a network of products and offerings including Univision.com, which continues to be the No. 1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, Univision Movil, a longstanding industry-leader with unique, relevant mobile products and services, and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit Univision.net.
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