October 7, 2008
Discover New Music From Pandora on Your Chumby(R)
Chumby is now giving music fans a new way to stay constantly connected to the music of their favorite artists, while also introducing them to new music they'll love. All chumby players can now tune into personalized radio stations from Pandora accounts and have Pandora set as the audio source for custom alarm clocks. Additionally, chumby users will now be able to search and view music videos and more from a music video widget powered by tipMotion from Avot Media, Inc., and receive up-to-the-minute music news and images from RollingStone.com, all without logging onto a computer.
"We know music is a big part of people's lives and fans want to have always-on, always-fresh access to their favorite artists," said Stephen Tomlin, CEO of chumby. "A benefit of buying a chumby is that the product is always improving as we add new content and features through automatic upgrades. Now chumbys can be used as radios for the Pandora service at no charge, so whether you bought your chumby months ago or today - you win."Pandora is an Internet radio service that is now accessible through chumby. When you indicate a song or artist that you enjoy, Pandora responds by playing selections that are musically similar. You can provide feedback on the individual song choices to further refine the playlist to suit your taste. Your chumby can also wake you with your favorite Pandora station and let you listen to "personalized" radio all day.
"Chumby's innovative connected media player is a natural fit for Pandora," said Tim Westergren, founder of Pandora. "With Pandora now available on chumby, our listeners have even more ways to hear their favorite artists and discover new music."
Also available on chumby are music videos powered by Avot Media, a video formatting and streaming solution provider. Now chumby users can watch the most popular music videos each week, and search for thousands of popular music, entertainment, news, and sports videos on the most popular search engines at the touch of a button.
Chumby music fans will also be able to receive the latest news and images of their favorite bands through updates from RollingStone.com. In addition, Wenner Media, Inc., publishers of RollingStone.com, will also showcase content from other Wenner publications such as UsMagazine.com.
The addition of music content from Pandora, music video streaming from Avot Media and music news updates from Wenner Media complements the strong music and podcast offerings already on chumby, including thousands of AOL SHOUTcast stations, music news from MTV and VH1, and dozens of great streaming stations on Radio Free Chumby.
The chumby lets users select their favorite parts of the Internet and delivers them in a friendly, always-on, always-fresh format. Over 1,000 widgets in 30 different categories, ranging from news and entertainment to videos, music, sports and more are available from high profile media partners such as CBS, MTV Networks, MySpace, New York Times, The Weather Channel Interactive, AOL's SHOUTcast and Scripps Networks. Chumby also offers user generated content as well as thousands of Internet radio stations, the ability to share photos, e-cards and more with family and friends. Chumby is headquartered in San Diego, CA.
About Pandora Media(TM)
Pandora (www.pandora.com) is a free, personalized radio service, available anytime and anywhere on the PC, in the home and on mobile devices, including the Apple iPhone. Pandora is based on the Music Genome Project, which began in 2000 and is the most thorough analysis of popular music ever undertaken. Each song in this massive collection, which includes Pop, Rock, Jazz, Electronica, Hip Hop, Country, Blues, R&B, Latin and Classical, is analyzed by one of more than 50 trained musicians, and assessed against up to 400 distinct musical attributes (encompassing melody, harmony, rhythm, etc.) to capture its unique musical identity. Pandora uses this information to build playlists based on musical similarity. By simply entering a favorite song or artist, a listener is instantly launched into a personalized listening experience, full of new discovery as Pandora explores their favorite part of the music universe. Listeners can create up to 100 of these personal radio stations and refine them by providing feedback via the Pandora radio tuner. Additionally, listeners can create profiles, search for other listeners in the Pandora community who have similar musical tastes, and find stations built by other listeners, using artist and song names as well as genre and mood search terms. The music analyst team works daily to keep the Music Genome Project updated with the latest releases, emerging artists, and an ever-deepening collection of catalogue titles. Today, Pandora has a growing user base of more than 15 million registered listeners and national advertisers such as HP, Microsoft, Toyota, AT&T, Procter and Gamble, and Nike.
About Avot Media, Inc.
Avot Media is an innovator in near real-time streaming and video delivery to web-enabled mobile devices. Avot Media's solution allows users to play any web video on any web-enabled mobile device in near real-time with a high-quality image. tipMotion is a high performance video transcoding and streaming appliance that allows content owners to easily format and deliver their web video content. Founded in 2007, the company is led by industry veterans, and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit www.avotmedia.com.
About Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone has been the leading voice of music and popular culture since its inception 40 years ago. The magazine features the latest in music reviews, in-depth interviews, hard-hitting political commentary and award-winning investigative journalism. Rolling Stone provides all the news that fits to 13 million readers every two weeks.
About Us Weekly
Us is 100% celebrity, 100% of the time. Readers turn to Us magazine for breaking celebrity news, Hollywood style, and the best entertainment. With unparalleled timeliness and an irreverent voice, Us engages and indulges its readers, while feeding an insatiable appetite for all things celebrity. From the Red Carpet to retail, Us is the only weekly with extensive coverage of the musts in entertainment, fashion and beauty.