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How to Organize Your Music With Control4 Audio Solutions


If you absolutely love music, then you probably purchase, download, or stream new music frequently. You also likely listen to music almost all the time-when you're exercising, cleaning, working, reading or entertaining. Music just makes life more fun and enjoyable. But how do you organize your music and expand your library so that you can easily access any artist at all times? And how do you seamlessly enjoy that music throughout your home? When you have a professional whole house music installer by your side, you can enjoy virtually endless amounts of music in every room. One expert solution is from the smart home company Control4, who has brand new solutions and products that can simplify the way you listen to music in your Zionsville, Indiana house.

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Music Streaming Services

Internet radio is a huge trend in music right now. You don't have to pay for and own your music to listen to your favorite artists or the newest tracks. However, new services like Spotify and Tidal have opened up profitable avenues of selling high-quality music. Every Control4 smart home system comes with built-in music services including, Pandora, TIDAL, Deezer, and TuneIn. However, you may wonder what the difference between them is and which ones give you the most value. We'll break down a few popular services for you.


In 2000, Will Glaser founded Pandora Media Inc. (formally known as Savage Beast Technologies). He set out to create a platform that could make individualized radio stations for each user based on their personal preferences. Pandora is a free music streaming service that allows you to type in any artist, song, or genre and make a personalized radio station for you so it only plays tracks you like. Hit "thumb up" "thumb down" or skip and Pandora will respond accordingly. If you are registered with Pandora, all you have to do is select this service using the Control4 user interface on your tablet, smartphone, or Control4 touch screen device and where you'd like to play the music. This is perfect for themed parties or just casual listening around the house.


Jay-Z created TIDAL in an effort to sell hi-fi music to audiophiles. This is a subscription-based streaming service, so you need to pay for access. It's a perfect choice for music lovers who are particular about the quality of the music coming out of your sound system. It plays lossless audio so when you blast music through hi-fi speakers like SONOS or Bowers & Wilkins, you'll be amazed at the sound.


Deezer is a UK-based streaming service that has become so popular that it has made its way over to the U.S. Control4 is the first smart home system to adopt this service. It gives you access to over 35 million songs with CD-quality, and over 30,000 radio channels. This service is free with ads, but there is a monthly subscription fee if you want to listen to high quality content without the commercials.

Additional Features

Control4 amplifiers can play high-quality audio in up to four or eight stereo zones. Additionally, the Audio Matrix Switch allows you to play up to 16 different music sources at once in up to 16 difference areas. But what about your personal music library? Control4's ShareBridge wireless music technology integrates natively with Apple Airplay to connect any audio content streaming from your mobile iPhone, iPad, MacBook, iMac or other Apple device to your whole home audio system. The Control4 Wireless Music Bridge is used to connect any non-Apple device using traditional Bluetooth or wifi technology.

You can purchase new music at any time and it automatically updates in your system. Create or edit playlists from your streaming music service on any device and it updates in your home system. Another bonus is that Control4's new user interface is sleek, modern and easy to use so you can quickly browse through music, select stations and play them instantly. Your tablet or touch screen will display beautiful album cover art in high definition. Jamming out to your favorite songs has never been this easy! You can even type in your personal access code on a Control4 door lock and your smart home will turn on your favorite streaming service the moment you enter your house.

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