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Gracenote Partners with Nuance to Advance Voice-Enabled Music and Video Experiences
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Written by Dave Cunningham   
Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Gracenote has entered into a ten-year partnership with Nuance to accelerate voice innovations for interactive video and music experiences in cars, on phones, tablets, on smart TVs, and also in the cloud across different content providers. The two companies will be combining their technologies for voice and digital media metadata, as part of this long-term partnership.

Nuance’s voice recognition technology and natural language understanding will leverage the MediaVOCS database by Gracenote. MediaVOCS features phonetic transcriptions of albums and music genres, artist names, movie and TV metadata.  The first combined solution from Nuance and Gracenote - VoCon Music Premium - is expected later this year. VoCon Music Premium will be available via Nuance and will enable users to speak the name of a song, artist, or album, to get instant and relevant results, even for difficult names, such as Ke$ha or AC/DC.

“Never before has there been a greater consumer demand for constant and unlimited access to content – be it music, videos or the web content. But that unlimited access must be fast, easy and simple,” said Michael Thompson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Nuance Mobile. “By combining our voice and natural language understanding innovations with Gracenote’s leading phonetic data and metadata, Nuance will bring to market an entirely new media-specific platform for cars, phones, TVs, and mobile apps, giving consumers an amazing media experience anywhere they access content.”

Nuance and Gracenote will also develop media experiences which take advantage of the various media resources and content in the cloud. The two companies will bring voice technologies delivering easy media discovery and navigation of large media libraries.

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