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Nuance and Gracenote Announce Partnership to Advance Voice-Enabled Music and Video Experiences

Ten-Year Collaboration Will Allow Consumers to Use Voice to Find and Discover Music and Videos in Phones, Tablets, Apps, Digital TVs, and Cars

Las Vegas (CES 2012) – January 10, 2012 – Nuance Communications (NASDAQ: NUAN) and Gracenote® have announced a ten-year strategic partnership to accelerate voice innovations and next-generation solutions for interactive music and video experiences on phones, tablets, in cars, on smart TVs, and in the cloud – all across a broad range of content providers. The partnership brings together the leading innovators for voice and digital media metadata respectively, whose technologies today are used by the biggest names in the mobile, consumer electronics and automotive industries.

Nuance’s leading voice and natural language understanding technologies will leverage Gracenote’s MediaVOCS ® database of phonetic transcriptions of artist names, albums and music genres, as well as movie and TV metadata.  The first solution with the combined technologies will be made available via Nuance later this year – VoCon Music Premium. VoCon Music Premium will deliver an unmatched voice experience where consumers can simply speak the name of almost any artist, song, or album, and instantly get results – even for the most difficult artist names for systems to recognize, such as Ke$ha, AC/DC and 311.

“Never before has there been a greater consumer demand for constant and unlimited access to content – be it music, videos or the web content. But that unlimited access must be fast, easy and simple,” said Michael Thompson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Nuance Mobile. “By combining our voice and natural language understanding innovations with Gracenote’s leading phonetic data and metadata, Nuance will bring to market an entirely new media-specific platform for cars, phones, TVs, and mobile apps, giving consumers an amazing media experience anywhere they access content.”

Nuance and Gracenote will also focus their partnership on developing compelling next-generation media experiences that take advantage of the vast media resources and content available to consumers – specifically content in the cloud. Nuance and Gracenote will collaborate to bring voice technologies to market that drive effortless media discovery and navigation of media libraries containing millions of songs, movies, shows, and artist and actor content. Ultimately, OEMs and electronics manufacturers will have more flexibility in differentiating their music and video offerings, while providing consumers with the fastest and easiest ways to find and experience the media they want, when they want it – no matter where they are or what they are doing.

“Gracenote’s passion is enhancing how people enjoy their favorite music, movies and TV programs, and by expanding our relationship with Nuance, we’re working together to develop the ultimate speech-powered solutions that will enable unlimited and intuitive access to all the media content the world has to offer,” said Stephen White, President, Gracenote.

About Gracenote

A pioneer in digital media, Gracenote, Inc. provides music and video content and technologies to the world’s hottest entertainment products and brands. The company’s partners in the entertainment community include major music publishers and labels, prominent independents and movie studios and television networks. A wholly owned, independent subsidiary of the Sony Corporation of America (SCA), Gracenote has offices in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin, Seoul, and Taipei with worldwide headquarters in Emeryville, California. For more information visit

About Nuance Communications, Inc.

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world.  Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications.  For more information, please visit

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