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Published on December 27th, 2013 | by Alan Cross

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Do You Really Need to Get Music from Your Fridge? Get Ready for It.

Probably not, but if you ever wanted to, the opportunity is coming.

The Internet of Things–connecting together dumb, non-computer devices via the Internet–is where we’re headed on the road to Skynet.  Hypebot reports:

“To enable any internet of things device, whether it’s a coffee maker, washer/drier, stereo, or television, to actually communicate, which just doesn’t happen,” explained [Qualcomm Allplay Smart Media platform marketing director Gary] Brotman. “You have UPnPBonjourZigbeeZ-Wave — all these different protocols, and nothing that takes the internet of things, which is literally a disparate group of things, and makes them the internet of everything.”He has a couple of ideas of what this will look like for music fans, and we liked the first one so much we made it the headline of this article.

“Let’s say Panasonic has a speaker, and you have an AllJoyn-enabled television, which LG will be releasing next year,” said Brotman. “The metadata from the music that is being streamed to that speaker can be expressed by the speaker[our emphasis] and displayed on the TV with little to no effort on the part of the manufacturer. It’s just, ‘the data is there,’ and any other AllJoyn-enabled device can consume that metadata and display it to the user.”

This includes photo frames, coffee makers, and even stuff like washing machines. It’s hard to imagine a display in the home that you wouldn’t want whatever song is playing displayed on, assuming that display isn’t being used for anything else, and of course, once music metadata is flowing throughout the home, all kinds of possibility exists, like tweaking the light color by genre or tempo, or displaying album covers on everything in the home that has a color screen.

See what I mean?  Keep reading.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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