7Digital has has a long standing relationship with BlackBerry that they have now extended to QNX. Together they just announced that all QNX automotive OEMs and tier one suppliers can now build music stores into their QNX based infotainment systems thanks to 7Digital. This means 7Digital’s HTML5 music store will be made accessible through the many QNX CAR vendors and will be available in 40+ countries and will store music on their device along with 7Digitals cloud based Locker. The cars that use QNX include Audi, BMW, GM, Honda, and Toyota so this should be interesting.
Check out the announcement below and on 7Digita’l’s blog.
7digital and QNX partner to bring high quality digital music to millions of
in-car infotainment systems
- 7digital’s 23 million track catalogue can now be accessed through the QNX CAR application platform
- Automotive OEMs and tier one suppliers can now build digital music stores into QNX-based infotainment systems worldwide
LONDON, UK and OTTAWA – April 17, 2013 — 7digital, the leading open digital music platform, and QNX Software Systems Limited, a global leader in software platforms for in-car electronics, today announce a partnership that will see 7digital’s HTML5 music store made accessible through the QNX CAR™ application platform for the automotive infotainment market.
7digital’s HTML5 global digital music store has been integrated within the QNX CAR platform. This integration allows automotive manufacturers and OEMs to build digital music stores directly into QNX-powered in-car infotainment systems.
The HTML5 store’s UI matches 7digital’s existing web and mobile store, already available in over 40 countries. Users of the integrated stores will be able to browse, preview and purchase music within their car, as well as access their existing collection already stored in 7digital’s cloud-based Locker. This will extend the 7digital connected-device experience to the car.
The QNX CAR platform for infotainment systems is based on QNX® technology deployed in millions of cars on the road today. Most of the world’s major automotive manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, GM, Honda, and Toyota, ship cars with QNX-based infotainment systems.
The integration has been completed using the 7digital Application Programming Interface (API), which allows 7digital’s partners and developers to build digital music stores into existing products and services using 7digital’s technology platform. The QNX CAR platform is available now to automotive companies wanting to build a native HTML5 music application store within car infotainment systems.
“Connected and mobile devices have changed the way music is consumed, but one thing that hasn’t is people’s desire to listen to music in the car,” comments Ben Drury, CEO of 7digital. “We’re already working with partners in the automotive sector and now, for the first time, automotive companies using the QNX CAR platform can leverage our HTML5 music store, where their customers can access the largest collection of digital music from the convenience of their vehicles.”
“The lines between in-car systems, mobile devices, and the web are blurring,” said Derek Kuhn, vice president of sales and marketing at QNX Software Systems. “Our partnership with 7digital is a testament to how well digital music services can be integrated into a seamless automotive user experience.”
The QNX CAR application platform for infotainment systems is available now to automotive companies worldwide. Track and album pricing will be in local currency in each region. 7digital also powers the music service on the BlackBerry® World™ storefront for BlackBerry® 10 smartphones and BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablets, which offer a mobile computing platform based on the QNX OS architecture.
The partnership is the latest example of 7digital’s move into the automotive sector, and follows a partnership with Pioneer that saw the 7digital catalogue integrated into Pioneer’s AppRadio product.
About QNX Software Systems
QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of Research In Motion Limited (“BlackBerry”) (NASDAQ:BBRY; TSX: BB), is a leading vendor of operating systems, development tools, and professional services for connected embedded systems. Global leaders such as Audi, Cisco, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX technology for vehicle infotainment units, network routers, medical devices, industrial automation systems, security and defense systems, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems Limited is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada; its products are distributed in more than 100 countries worldwide. Visit http://www.qnx.com and https://www.facebook.com/QNXSoftwareSystems, and follow@QNX_News on Twitter. For more information on the company’s automotive work, visit http://qnxauto.blogspot.com and follow@QNX_Auto
7digital is the world’s leading digital music and content technology platform, and provides open access to the broadest catalogue of fully licensed, high quality digital music. The company powers comprehensive digital music services for consumers, developers and a wide range of partners around the world.
Through 7digital’s website (www.7digital.com), mobile applications and cloud locker technology, consumers can access over 23 million legal, high quality tracks and listen to their music on the device of their choosing. 7digital provides the complete music experience; discovery, organisation and purchase.
The 7digital API (Application Programming Interface) allows developers and partners to license 7digital’s technology platform and music catalogue to create new music websites, applications and devices, or to integrate music into existing services. The 7digital API removes the complexity of developing digital music services by providing partners and developers with an extensive catalogue that is fully licensed by major labels, independent labels and royalty collection societies. The API enables a range of digital music services to be developed; from a la carte downloads to radio streaming.
7digital has provided digital music services to hundreds of international partners, including record companies, artists, FMCG brands, retailers, consumer electronics companies, fashion brands, advertising agencies and many other organisations. Using 7digital’s technology platform, partners can harness the power of digital music to engage with their customers.
7digital’s global partner network includes Samsung, BlackBerry, HP, Acer, HTC, T-Mobile US, Sonos, Ubuntu, Shazam, Last.fm, Winamp, HMV, Waterstone’s, Universal Music, EMI, Warner Music and Sony.