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Wed Feb 9 2011

Autonomic Controls Mirage Media Server MMS-2

Thanks to cloud-based storage components and Apple devices such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad, music stored at home can now be access anywhere in the world.


Autonomic Controls has just announced its latest cloud-based media server, the two-source Mirage Media Server (MMS-2). Through the MMS-2 users can access their digital music libraries from iTunes, Windows Media and other popular audio formats, anywhere in the world. Listeners will also enjoy access to their favorite streaming services from Pandora, RadioTime and SiriusXM Internet Radio. Rhapsody and will be available in June 2011. 


Pulling from Macs, PCs and other network storage devices, the MMS-2 automatically synchronizes and streams content to remote locations. Using the Autonomic cloud service as the system’s backbone, the MMS-2 provides secure, global access to digital media collections and streaming services through Wi-Fi or 3G/4G mobile devices. Automated music programming allows users to schedule content in their homes or wherever they happen to be in the world. 


With a leaner form factor and a lower price point, the MMS-2 is designed to work as a solo server for compact spaces, such as a beach house, yacht or pied-à-terre, or as a complement to the award-winning, five-source Mirage Media Server (MMS-5). The MMS-2 features 500GB of internal storage, two independent audio outputs—one 5.1 digital output for the audiophile in the main listening room and one analog output for distribution to multiple rooms—and one video output for displaying metadata and photo slideshows on the HDTV. 


When a song or album is purchased or ripped at home, the MMS-2 will automatically synchronize new media to the cloud and make it available anywhere with Internet access, sparing the trouble of manually transferring music. To protect a user’s content, MMS-2 offers automatic backup to a private Internet data locker (the “cloud”), reducing the chances of losing  digital files, while offering remote access to music from computers and mobile devices. Users can also create Pandora Internet Radio stations based on whatever artist or song is playing, allowing them to create customized music stations on the fly.


The MMS series supports true integration with Crestron, AMX, URC, RTI and other IP-based control systems. With the convenience and low cost of an iPad, users can now browse and control media libraries and all supported streaming services, complete with metadata and album art, all from one application. Mirage Media Controller (MMC) for iPad is currently available from the iTunes App Store for $49.99, and the same app for iPhone and iPod Touch is available for $19.99. Both apps control the MMS-5, MMS-2 and Mirage Media Control System (MCS).


The Mirage Media Server MMS-2 retails for $1,995 US.


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