Bluesound has announced BluOS 2.0, an upgrade for BluOS-enabled wireless hi-res music systems. The release includes a major UI update to its mobile controller apps for iOS and Android. BluOS Controller, version 2.0, is Bluesound's first phase in a new user experience and features an enhanced interface; improved playlist and playback logic; additional Player functionality; widgets; and support for Apple Watch. The new BluOS Controller is free and available now on the Apple App Store and Google Play. The BluOS Controller is also supported on Apple Watch.
Developed for Bluesound and sister company NAD Electronics, the re-designed BluOS Controller app is built to be a universal "one-app" solution for all BluOS-enabled wireless hi-res music systems. The updated app revamps the music experience and now features a new search engine allows users to browse networked music collections, and select custom playlists and favorites stored in a local library, on a mobile device, or streaming music service with on-demand access to enhanced browsing functions.
The update includes a faster and easier way to queue up music, enabling users to instantly add and listen to tracks while the rest of the album or playlist is auto-filled into the queue. Guided in-app tutorials on startup help users to connect Players to an existing stereo system, powered loudspeaker, or home network, and instantly start streaming and listening to music.
The new BluOS firmware, version 2.0, also includes Radio Paradise integration on Bluesound. This gives Internet radio fans on Bluesound commercial-free access to a blend of music genres, carefully selected by real music fans with streams up to 320kbps. New BluOS Controller apps for Windows and Mac OS X desktops are also available at bluesound.com/downloads.
“At Bluesound, we’re committed to delivering the most intuitive, interactive and immersive music experience for BluOS users,” said John Banks, Bluesound’s chief brand officer. “This is a major enhancement, and we’re confident that our new design and feature updates will connect BluOS users more deeply with their music than ever before.”
BluOS users have been asked to upgrade to BluOS firmware version 2.0.0 or higher in order to download the new apps.