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ReQuest Gets 50,000 Free Music Stations

Whole-house entertainment system pioneer ReQuest Inc. is adding access to thousands of Internet streaming radio stations on its F.Series music and movie servers.

Stations can be searched by name, genre, or bit rate on the system’s web server and favorite stations can be added to a station list for access from any control panel in the house. Once added, stations can be renamed and given custom cover art using the same tools already available for hard drive library music. Thousands of 128k or better stations are available.

“You can find amazing content from across the globe as well as local stations in your hometown,” ReQuest director of sales, Andy Lopez, said. “Finding stations in your favorite genre is easy, and for thousands of stations we show the song name and artist information right on the touchpanels.”

This new feature has been engineered with third-party control systems in mind, according to Lopez. Pre-built modules will be available for download, allowing installers to integrate the feature with Crestron, AMX, and other systems. System owners will also be able to control station selection from the free ReQuest iPhone/iPod Touch application.

The feature is expected to launch in October 2009 and will be a free software upgrade for all V5 F.Series and all iQ systems with streaming outputs. Older F and N.Series systems can be upgraded for $150 MSRP.