AUPEO! Selects Fraunhofer to Deliver High Performance Audio Quality for Personalized Radio Services

Press Release / 27.10.2010

Fraunhofer’s HE-AAC v2 audio codec enables true audio experiences for AUPEO! Internet radio listeners on the go or at home. Fraunhofer IIS, the world’s authoritative source of audio and multimedia technologies, today announced it has been selected by AUPEO!, a leading provider of personalized audio streams for Internet-capable consumer devices, to license its high-quality HE-AAC v2 audio codec software.

The strategic partnership with Fraunhofer IIS will enable AUPEO! to deliver high-quality, personalized radio experiences to users of various classes of devices in the most efficient and consumer friendly way. AUPEO!’s increasingly popular service recently added native integration of its platform with e.g. MINI, Android smartphones from ACER and the Philips Net TV products.

“Consumers choose the AUPEO! service because of the high performance audio quality and the personalized radio experience that is available on an increasing number of devices,” said Holger G. Weiss, CEO at AUPEO!. “Using Fraunhofer’s highly efficient HE-AAC v2 audio codec to deliver our streams, we can uphold that promise even for mobile listening.”

An increasing number of consumers are using mobile Internet radio to tune into radio streams delivered to mobile devices, such as smartphones, over bandwidth constrained wireless networks. The listening experience often happens on the move with headphones, or in the car with the phone connected to the integrated stereo unit. Fraunhofer’s HE-AAC v2, the codec of choice for mobile multimedia streaming, delivers highest stereo quality at only 32 kbit/s resulting in the ideal user experience for mobile applications.

“Minimizing bandwidth requirements, reducing operating costs per listener and boosting audio quality are vital for an audio codec used in Internet radio services,” said Harald Popp, head of the Multimedia Realtime Systems department at Fraunhofer IIS.“Fraunhofer’s HE-AAC v2 codec enables enhanced service stability and a more satisfying listening experience for consumers.”

Fraunhofer’s end-to-end Internet radio solutions include its industry standard audio codecs, such as mp3, HE-AAC v2 and MPEG Surround, as well as Internet radio components on the server and receiver side that enable error robust IP distribution and high service reliability. In addition, Fraunhofer’s solutions for mobile audio streaming, Internet radio and digital broadcasting are optimized for various platforms and operating systems.
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