Gracenote Joins QNX's OEM Innovations Lab Program

Gracenote(R), a global leader in technology and services that are an integral part of the digital media economy, announced it has agreed to participate in QNX’s OEM Innovations Lab (OIL) program by offering members its entire device product suite to be used for in-car entertainment evaluation, prototyping and planning purposes. QNX Software Systems is the leading operating system (OS) provider for the in-car infotainment market.

Launched in May 2006, the QNX OIL program provides the advanced design groups of participating automakers with cutting-edge software to assist in their research and development efforts. The program has attracted the likes of such innovative carmakers as DaimlerChrysler, General Motors, Audi, Volkswagen, and BMW.

“Gracenote is pleased to offer the use of our device product suite to OIL members on the QNX platform,” said Jim Hollingsworth, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Gracenote. “It is becoming of increasing importance to auto manufacturers to find solutions for easy management of in-dash and portable music player content in the car, and Gracenote and QNX products are an integral part of these solutions.”

“Delivering a personalized music experience and effortless connectivity to portable MP3 players and other media sources is key to creating the next generation of in-car infotainment,” said Andrew Poliak, automotive segment manager for QNX Software Systems. “Together, Gracenote and QNX are accelerating the development of media-savvy infotainment systems, allowing automakers and tier one suppliers to offer a user experience based on the consumer’s individual tastes and preferences. We are bringing the era of personalization into the automobile.”

Through the partnership, Gracenote will provide QNX OIL members use of its entire suite of automotive products — including MusicID(TM), Playlist, Playlist Plus, MediaVOCS(TM) and others — each of which help automakers create an enhanced infotainment experience for consumers by enabling advances in digital media for instantly and easily accessing, managing and storing an entire library of music in the car. For example with Playlist Plus, users can simply plug in a portable MP3 player or music phone to a Playlist Plus-enabled car audio unit to automatically identify the tracks, add extended Gracenote metadata and then allow total playback control, including creating instant mixes from the car audio unit controls. This provides a better and safer user experience.

Additionally, Gracenote’s MediaVOCS product is the culmination of the company’s expertise in music information, and playlisting solutions with Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) and Text-to-Speech (TTS) technology, giving music fans hands-free access to their entire music collections in the car, at home or on the go. Gracenote provides its CD and file recognition database, MusicID, to some of the leading automotive companies around the world, including DaimlerChrysler, General Motors, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mitsubishi, Nissan, and Toyota. Gracenote solutions are used in production today by device manufacturers including Aisin, Alpine, Clarion, Denso, Harman/Becker, Kenwood, Panasonic, Pioneer, Sanyo, and Xanavi. To date, Gracenote’s technology has been included in millions of advanced automotive entertainment units in Japan, and began shipping in North America in 2007.

About Gracenote
Gracenote is a global leader in embedded technology, enriched content, and data services for digital entertainment solutions within the Internet, consumer electronics, mobile, and automotive markets. Formerly known as CDDB(R), Gracenote delivers a substantially improved consumer experience in digital media devices and applications, plus media monitoring and other data services to the recording industry, making it an integral part of the digital media economy. Gracenote powers leading services including Apple iTunes, Yahoo! Music Jukebox, AOL Winamp; home and automotive products from Alpine, Panasonic, Philips and Sony; and mobile music applications from Samsung, Sony Ericsson, KDDI (Japan), KTF (Korea), Musiwave (Europe), and others. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Gracenote has offices in New York, Tokyo, Berlin and Seoul.

About QNX Software Systems
QNX Software Systems, a Harman International company (NYSE: HAR), is the industry leader in realtime, embedded OS technology. The component-based architectures of the QNX(R) Neutrino(R) RTOS and QNX Momentics(R) development suite together provide the industry’s most reliable and scalable framework for building innovative, high-performance embedded systems. Global leaders such as Cisco, DaimlerChrysler, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX technology for network routers, medical instruments, vehicle telematics units, security and defense systems, industrial robotics, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and distributes products in over 100 countries worldwide.

Gracenote and CDDB are registered trademarks of Gracenote, Inc. MusicID, and MediaVOCS are trademarks of Gracenote, Inc. QNX is a trademark of QNX Software Systems GmbH & Co. KG, registered in certain jurisdictions and are used under license.