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RadioDNS welcomes Nielsen’s Gracenote as organisation’s newest member

Rosie Kendrick 4th November 2021

RadioDNS is pleased to announce that Gracenote, a Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) company, is joining its existing group of members who are supporting the growth of hybrid radio, which seamlessly combines broadcast radio with internet technologies to deliver an enhanced audio experience. Through this membership, Gracenote will collaborate more closely with manufacturers and broadcasters to develop open standards that shape the future of radio and optimise listener engagement in connected cars.

Gracenote powers the infotainment experience in over 120 million cars globally today, providing music metadata and imagery that helps drivers and passengers safely connect with all audio content including music, news, talk radio, podcasts and sports.  

  • Gracenote MusicID: Identifies music in real-time from a driver’s radio, mobile device and other sources and serves up relevant song, artist, album information and cover art to the car’s on-screen display.
  • Gracenote Radio Station ID: Enables graphically rich, consistent and intuitive displays that transform the way people interact with radio.
  • Gracenote Audio On Demand: Delivers a standardised and enriched descriptive dataset for podcasts to improve search and discovery for over 1.8 million series and 70 million episodes.

Nick Piggott, Project Director of RadioDNS said, “We’re very pleased to be welcoming another key supplier in the automotive industry to our membership, and one that already handles a great deal of metadata and content. The breadth and depth of our coalition of members means we can draw on relevant and practical experience to develop open standards that respond to real-work requirements.”

Maryann Faricy, Senior Director of Product, Automotive for Gracenote said, “With Gracenote’s sizable footprint across the automotive and consumer electronics ecosystems, we are uniquely positioned to help drive the future of radio and entertainment experiences within the car. We look forward to working with our fellow RadioDNS members to keep listeners tuned to their favourite stations out on the open road.”

As a RadioDNS member, Gracenote will actively engage with the broadcasters, manufacturers, and technology providers that define the organisation’s technical standards. Through this relationship, Gracenote will be able to work with these teams to discuss how to create standards for new hybrid radio functionality.

Gracenote is the content services arm of Nielsen helping customers deliver next-generation content search and discovery capabilities across all aspects of the entertainment ecosystem.  

Membership not only supports the vital work being done by RadioDNS in the area of hybrid radio, but its members influence the direction of the organisation and the projects it pursues. To learn more about the benefits of RadioDNS membership and how to become a member, visit  our website at www.radiodns.org/join.  

About Gracenote

Gracenote, a Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) company, provides music, video and sports content and technologies to the world’s hottest entertainment products and brands. Gracenote is the standard for music and video recognition and is supported by the largest source of entertainment data, featuring descriptions of more than 100 million tracks, TV listings for 85+ countries and statistics spanning more than 70 sports and 300,000 competitions per year. Gracenote is headquartered in Emeryville, Calif. and supports customers around the globe. For more information, visit www.gracenote.com

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