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Speak Music Launches Melody Voice-Powered Music Assistant

Melody is avoice-activated assistant for accessing popular music services with simple voice commands .
Posted Jan 4, 2017
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Speak Music has launched Melody, a free voice-enabled personal music assistant mobile app with access to millions of songs and thousands of radio stations.

Melody connects to most Bluetooth audio devices, such as headphones, Bluetooth speakers, and newer automobiles that have Bluetooth audio streaming capability. The music behind Melody comes from popular music streaming services such as iHeartRadio and Spotify Premium.

Melody is available today in the iTunes App Store as a free download, and the Android version is following later in the quarter.

Melody uses speech recognition and artificial intelligence to recognize users' requests and taps into streaming services to deliver the requested music. Intuitive natural language processing understands a range of voice commands, like "Play New York Hip Hop Radio, or "Play Cry Me a River by Justin Timberlake," or "Shuffle my workout playlist." Artificial intelligence helps the app get smarter over time as it learns user preferences and plays music based on their individual tastes. Melody's music discovery system provides a natural language method for finding music by song, album, artist, playlist, genre, radio station, mood, activity, instrument, and more.

"iHeartRadio is committed to finding new and innovative ways to expand on the radio listening experience," said Darren Davis, president of iHeartRadio, in a statement. "Providing users with voice-activated access to browsing and listening to our thousands of radio stations gives listeners yet another easy way to enjoy our service."

"Finding and playing music on your phone while engaging in other activities, such as driving, sports, or many other activities is difficult and disruptive. We created a platform that allows users to simply speak what they want to hear and it plays, instantly," said Dean Summers, president and co-founder of Speak Music, in a statement. "We are bringing innovation in voice technology and artificial intelligence to deliver hands-free and eyes-free audio entertainment to the masses."

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