HARMAN, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer, and enterprise markets, has announced the acquisition of Roon, a music management, discovery, and streaming platform that includes whole-house audio capabilities.
Roon is a music player platform for music enthusiasts, features a user-friendly interface for browsing and discovering music, compatibility with almost any audio device, and a playback engine designed to deliver the best possible sound. Roon is available for all popular operating systems and manufactures a line of hardware server appliances called Nucleus.
“At HARMAN we take great pride in our ability to create exceptional audio experiences for our partners and consumers around the world,” says Dave Rogers, president, lifestyle division, HARMAN. “The team at Roon shares our passion in bringing exceptional sound and connectivity to music lovers as they browse, discover, and listen at home and on the go. We are looking forward to welcoming Roon, whose impressive talent will join the HARMAN family and bolster our already robust engineering capabilities.”
According to the company, Roon will operate as a standalone Harman business with its existing team following the acquisition. All Roon operations will stay in place to continue to serve the growing Roon’s community of device partners and customers, under a joint mission to deliver personalized audio experiences across a universe of products and platforms.
HARMAN emphasizes the acquisition of Roon aligns with its ‘work with all’ strategy, and the company stresses that it is committed to growing Roon’s open device ecosystem that includes collaborations with more than 160 other audio brands to deliver audio to more than 1,000 high-performance devices. Roon’s dedication to its loyal community and its exceptional UI/UX design expertise will continue to expand and flourish with the acquisition.
“Our team is ecstatic to join HARMAN, a visionary company that has been leading the audio industry forward for decades,” adds Enno Vandermeer, CEO of Roon. “By combining forces with HARMAN, Roon gains the incredible scale, resources, and reach of a global technology leader, while maintaining our independence to invest in the business’s growth and future. We look forward to continuing to bring our advanced data management, SaaS expertise, and consumer engagement capabilities to our broad ecosystem of partners, as we join forces with HARMAN to deliver even greater audio experiences to our customers.”
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