Introducing BluOS 1.18.0 for Bluesound Players

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With the latest software release, BluOS version 1.18.0, iHeartRadio is added on Bluesound offering on-demand streaming of thousands of live and custom-built radio stations wirelessly all over the home. Plus, this BluOS release supports other cool new music features including: play music directly from mobile devices to Bluesound Players, better playlist management, Qobuz’s new lossless CD-quality and 24-bit music streams, higher-quality 320kbps music from Slacker, and TIDAL Artist & Track Radio.

SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS

BluOS Controller App for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire, version 1.18.0 or higher.

BluOS Desktop Controller for Mac and PC, version 1.8.0 or higher.

ENHANCEMENTS

Play music from your mobile device on Bluesound.
“Play from Mobile” allows you to stream music directly over WiFi from your mobile device to Bluesound Players for a studio-quality music experience all over the home. Tap your mobile device in the Navigation Drawer to access the music you want to stream to your Bluesound Player and instantly enjoy your entire mobile music library – every song and every playlist – to the fullest in any room.

Tune in to the world’s best music broadcasts with iHeartRadio.
Get on-demand access and choose to enjoy more than 2,000 live radio stations broadcasting the world’s most popular music in your home, from room to room. Build custom commercial-free stations with a catalogue of 20 million songs from 800,000 artists at your fingertips, or find that perfect track with iHeartRadio’s “Perfect For” feature to discover music for any activity or mood.

Learn how to listen to iHeartRadio on Bluesound here

Take control of your playlists & favorites better than ever before.
It’s easier now to create, manage and edit your favorite music playlists on the fly with the BluOS Controller App. Shuffle, delete or add tracks to your music service playlists when browsing without interrupting the music or using any other device.

Discover Qobuz Sublime’s higher-quality music streams.
Qobuz Sublime subscribers can instantly connect to Qobuz’s 28+ million tracks in true CD-quality streaming (FLAC 16-bit/44.1kHz), and the largest catalogue of hi-res audio with more than 40,000 albums, and wirelessly stream the music to any Bluesound Player for a whole-home hi-res experience.

Hear the new better-sounding Slacker Radio.
Get the sound quality that you deserve with the new Slacker Radio music library available in high-quality AAC audio on Bluesound. Listen to music streams at a bitrate of 320kbps and enjoy all your favorite Slacker stations in pristine MP3-quality.

Listen to more of your favorite music from TIDAL.

Find your favorite artist or track on TIDAL and start a custom music stream to discover a world of new music from similar artists. Tap-and-hold the artist or track you want to hear and explore a curated playlist designed from the music that you love.

> Other minor software enhancements.  

HOW TO UPGRADE

Before upgrading, please make sure the Bluesound Controller App* and Desktop Controller* have been upgraded to the latest firmware:  

*BluOS App for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire, version 1.18.0 or higher.

*BluOS Desktop App for Mac and PC, version 1.8 or higher.

Bluesound Players will send a notification for upgrade within 24 hours to the BluOS Controller App and Desktop Controller for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Windows and Mac desktops. If no notification is received, please visit www.bluesound.com/downloads for the latest BluOS Controller Apps and BluOS firmware updates. 

WITH BLUESOUND CONTROLLER APP

In order to force an upgrade to begin, the option "Check for Upgrade" is available past the "Configure Player" option. This will force the upgrade prompt to occur.

Open the left-hand Navigation Drawer of the BluOS Controller App. Scroll to the bottom and tap Configure Player Check for Upgrade

This will force the upgrade prompt to occur. 

WITH USB STORAGE DEVICE

If the Bluesound Player is unable to connect to the internet (wired or wireless) due to poor connectivity or router settings, BluOS 1.16.0 can be downloaded onto a USB storage device and inserted into Bluesound Players to perform an upgrade.

Visit www.bluesound.com/downloads to download the latest firmware for manual Player upgrades.

Disconnect the power cord from your Bluesound Player and insert the USB device into the input on the back of the Player.  

While pressing and holding the Play/Pause Button on the Bluesound Player (see further for the PULSE Player), reconnect the power cord and continue to hold the Play/Pause Button for 5 seconds then release. The PULSE requires power before the Play/Pause Button can be pressed to start the upgrade. Reconnect power to the PULSE before pressing and holding the Play/Pause Button as instructed. 

The Bluesound Player will now start to copy the file from the USB device and enter Upgrade Mode.The Play/Pause Button will begin blinking an alternating pattern of green and red to indicate this. 

Once completed, the Bluesound Player should reboot on its own and return to normal functionality. You can now remove the USB device from the back of the Player.

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