Pure is opening up its Pure Connect digital music platform and Jongo wireless speaker system so that they can be used with any music streaming service including Pandora, Rdio, Deezer, Spotify and others.
Using enhanced Caskeid technology, app content can be delivered to multiple speakers using a combination of Bluetooth and WiFi.
Users can select their chosen music or radio service app and send it via Bluetooth to a single Jongo speaker in a group. The Caskeid technology integrated into the Jongo speakers takes care of ensuring that music is then seamlessly and synchronously sent to all the speakers in the group. The session and speaker configuration is set up using the Pure Connect App.
Additionally, to make Jongo’s capabilities fully accessible to music services, Pure will also release a Caskeid App Developer Kit (ADK) for developers, which will enable agnostic app support over Wi-Fi for Jongo.
“We are not in the business of picking a winning music streaming service or radio app,” said Nick Hucker, Pure’s marketing director. “Different services are right for different audiences - but we want to give our customers the most choice.
“Jongo was designed with flexibility in mind, which is why all Jongo speakers come with both Bluetooth and WiFi. We’ve always used this flexibility to make sure all services can be played to a single Jongo speaker but now we are making the major step of extending this flexibility, via Bluetooth, to enable streaming of any music service or radio app to multiple Jongo speakers.”
Pure will be demoing enhanced Caskeid features for Jongo at CES 2014 and both Android and iOS users will be able to access the first phase of this free new feature during Q1 2014.