Control4 integrates Napster Streaming Music Service in UK and Germany

With multiple streams of music, over 15 million songs and the easy-to-use Control4 navigation, customers can personalize their music experience throughout their home

Salt Lake City, UT – June 28, 2012 – Control4, a leading innovator in residential and light commercial automation systems, today announced  the Napster streaming digital music service is now available natively on Control4® systems in the UK and Germany.  Napster offers more than 15 million songs that can be streamed seamlessly through the Control4 “Listen” experience anywhere in your home.

A perfect complement to the new high performance Control4® HC-800 and HC-250 Controllers, users simply have to touch the “Listen” button on the intuitive Control4® interface and, once subscribed to Napster, access an enormous music collection. Users can browse the Music Guide which includes Charts, Genres, New Releases, Staff Picks, and more. With Napster and Control4® technology, users can access public playlists or create playlists for every occasion from their locally stored music and/or streaming music favorites. The entire music catalog becomes one seamless collection regardless of the location or source.

“Having the Napster digital music service integrated into the Control4 system, the way Rhapsody is in the U.S., comes with a wealth of benefits our customers will just love,” said Control4 Senior VP of Sales, Jim Arnold. We’ve seen how it enhances the individual music experience which extends to a multi-room Control4 audio solution.”

“We want to offer users a wide selection of music everywhere they want to listen,” says Patric Niederländer, Senior Director Business Development, Rhapsody Europe. “Through cooperation with Control4, we are bringing a high-fidelity Napster experience into the home on a sophisticated home automation system.”

Music discovery is a foundational benefit of the Napster digital music subscription service. Their wide selection of content creates an ideal environment to explore, enjoy and discover new artists. Napster provides a perfect tool to guide users through its extensive up-to-date music library; while the Control4 system delivers an easy-to-use navigation experience through a single, feature-rich onscreen interface whether that’s the TV, Control4® Touch Screen, smart phone, tablet or personal computer.

This powerful multi-room music experience is maximized on the new flagship HC-800 and the versatile HC-250 Controllers which provide the ultimate Control4 automation experience for speed, performance and flexibility. It’s now simple to create scenes that gently wake users to their favorite Napster tracks while slowly opening the blinds or ramping up the lights; generate playlists that source from stored content to today’s hot digital releases; or simply enjoy a favorite radio station without the commercials.

“Control4 and Napster offer an uncompromised multi-room music experience that we’re thrilled to bring to the UK and German markets,” concluded Arnold.

30-day Napster unlimited trials will be available immediately to Control4 customers who become new Napster members.

For more information visit: http://www.control4.com/napster