Over the last few months I have been a convert to Plex for storing my TV shows and movies and then streaming them to my Xbox, Windows Phone and Android devices. The music features aren’t as advanced as the video features but that is set to change. Today Plex have announced new music features that are going to bring Plex music features on a par with its video features. The new features include music videos provided by Vevo for Plex Pass subscribers, automated recommendations, enhanced artist and improved music file identification using Gracenote that uses audio fingerprinting to identify a song (rather than the file name).

The upgrades will rollout over the new few weeks.

Full press release from Plex:

Plex Unveils New Music Features, Serving Up the Ultimate Listening Experience From Any Device

Los Gatos, Calif., January 5, 2014— Plex, the all-in-one personal media solution across home and mobile devices, has announced the addition of several new music features to be rolled out in the coming weeks. The Plex music experience allows users to effortlessly stream songs, albums, and playlists from their entire music library to all of their devices. New features include music videos powered by Vevo, automated organization and recommendations, enhanced artist info, and more. Plex will offer an early look at its premium music updates during CES 2015.

“Until now, music players like iTunes have been limited in their ability to consistently and easily organize, identify, and play all types of music files, anytime, anywhere, and on any device,” says Scott Olechowski, Chief Product Officer and Plex Co-Founder. “With improved music file identification, the best possible metadata, and integrated music videos, we’ve created a truly seamless music and video platform. We worked hard to create an amazing experience for accessing your entire personal media library, be it at home or on the go.”

Plex’s interface is consistent across all devices making it easy to use, and providing one window into all of your personal media. It’s the only fully featured media player that allows you to simply manage and play all of your stored music, movies, TV shows, and photos on any phone, tablet, TV, or PC—no matter where the content is stored. Plex is compatible with Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Mac, Windows 8, Linux, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Xbox, PlayStation, many popular NAS devices, and more.

Plex’s new premium music experience delivers the following:

Audio Fingerprinting plus Enhanced Music Recognition and Artist Info via Gracenote

Plex now uses Gracenote, the leader in music metadata and discovery technologies. Gracenote is the industry standard for music recognition and is supported by the largest source of metadata, featuring descriptions of more than 200 million tracks.

Plex has added Gracenote’s world-class matching via audio fingerprinting to ensure the accuracy of the information associated with the music in your library, such as artist, album, and genre. Regardless of the original source and associated metadata (or lack thereof), songs can be appropriately tagged.

Plex now also fully supports one-click import from iTunes, so you can easily import all of your iTunes playlists, smart playlists, ratings, and more.

HD Music Videos from Vevo

Now, Plex Pass subscribers can watch their favorite music videos matched with music from their personal library. Taking advantage of Plex’s rich audio and video streaming capabilities, these HD music videos can be streamed to any mobile or home device using the Plex app to create the ultimate music experience.

Mood and Genre-Driven Playlist and Listening Recommendations

Plex will now allow you to create personalized Plex Mix playlists with the click of a button based on Gracenote’s descriptive information about a song such as genre, mood, and tempo. It also features a robust recommendation engine for re-discovering songs in your music library.

Best-in-Class Format and Streaming Support

Plex natively supports all major audio formats, including full support for FLAC. Plex transcodes your music files on the fly, if needed, automatically adjusting format and quality based on bandwidth to give you the best playback experience from any chosen device.

About Plex

Plex organizes all your personal media, wherever you keep it, so you can enjoy it on any device. For more information, please visit
https://plex.tv, or follow @plexapp on Twitter or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/plexapp.

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