Any Music, Any Format: Logitech Brings PC Music Anywhere in the Home Without Wires
FREMONT, Calif. Aug. 23, 2005 Experiencing digital music just got easier. Logitech (SWX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today introduced the Logitech® Wireless Music System for PC, which can stream any format of digital audio from the PC to a home stereo system or to a separate speaker system. No wireless network is needed; everything required is in the box.
The Logitech Wireless Music System for PC is a simple, three-piece solution: a USB music transmitter that connects to the PC; a music receiver that plugs into a home stereo receiver or multimedia speakers through a standard RCA port or a 3.5 mm jack; and a wireless remote control. In a matter of minutes, people can enjoy all of their PC audio, including their entire digital music collection, MP3 subscription service, and Internet radio, in virtually any room in the home.
The digital music revolution has given people new flexibility in how they purchase and organize their digital music but for most people, that music is held captive on a PC, said Ray Weikel, director of product marketing for Logitech´s Audio Business Unit. With the Wireless Music System for PC, people can enjoy their favorite playlists or Internet radio on their living room entertainment system. The product takes less than five minutes to set up, and it works without any cables or adapters, without a Wi-Fi network, and without any restrictions on file format.
The Logitech Wireless Music System for PC is targeted at the growing number of people who are buying digital music tracks and subscription services through online music stores such as Apple´s iTunes® or Musicmatch®. A recent study by Parks Associates showed that two-thirds of online U.S. households listen to music on a home computer. And whether they use a portable player or not, most people don´t have a good way to get their online music from the PC to their entertainment center.
The simplicity of the Logitech Wireless Music System for PC is due to the architecture of the Logitech® Music Anywhere wireless technology. The transmitter and receiver are paired at manufacturing, ensuring they will instantly connect when plugged in. The proprietary technology provides crystal-clear digital audio quality and features adaptive frequency hopping, helping the product overcome any potential wireless interference. The USB-based PC music transmitter sends audio streams directly to the music receiver at a range of up to 100 meters (330 feet). The Logitech Wireless Music System for PC also includes software that allows people to easily switch back and forth between listening to music on the PC and wirelessly streaming it to another room.
The system´s infrared remote allows people to control their music files from their living room couch, even though the files reside on the PC in another room. About the size of a credit card, the remote features controls such as volume up or down, mute, play, pause, skip forward and back. The remote works with today´s most popular media players, including iTunes®, Windows® Media Player, Musicmatch®, WinAmp®, and RealPlayer® there´s no need to install a new player.
Logitech Music Anywhere Wireless Technology
The Logitech Wireless Music System for PC is just one of Logitech´s new products featuring Logitech Music Anywhere wireless technology. Today, the company also announced the Logitech® Wireless Music System for iPod®, an easy-to-use product for people to wirelessly connect their iPod or MP3 player to their stereo system, and the Logitech® Wireless Headphones for PC, designed for people who want to wirelessly listen to their PC audio as they roam around the house. The company also sells the Logitech® Wireless Headphones for iPod® and the Logitech® Wireless Headphones for MP3, giving owners the ability to listen to their music player with no strings attached. Logitech´s Music Anywhere technology is designed to provide digital music enthusiasts the freedom to enjoy their music listening experience in more places and in more ways, without any setup hassles or headaches.
Pricing and Availability
The Logitech Wireless Music System for PC will be available in stores and online beginning in September in the U.S. and in Europe. Its suggested retail price in the U.S. is $149.99. Logitech will make additional receivers available for people who want to stream their music to multiple rooms in the house. The additional receivers will be available online at www.logitech.com, for $79.99 (U.S.).
Founded in 1981, Logitech designs, manufactures and markets personal peripherals that enable people to effectively work, play, and communicate in the digital world. Logitech International is a Swiss public company traded on the SWX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and in the U.S. on the Nasdaq National Market System (LOGI). The company has manufacturing facilities in Asia and offices in major cities in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
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