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14 September, 2016

Introducing Muzik® One: The Smartphone Of Headphones

Award-Winning Audio Technology Brand Launches Groundbreaking Connected Headphones, Featuring Spotify Integration and One-Touch Sharing to Top Social Networking Platforms

Available Today at Amazon.com

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Muzik® aims to transform the way people listen to music and connect to the world around them with the unveiling of Muzik® One, the first wireless, smart headphones to control third-party applications. With one touch, users can access their favorite Spotify playlist, hear live news, activate voice controls and much more. The Muzik partnership with Spotify marks the first collaboration between the popular streaming service and a connected headphone, allowing users to play, share and control Spotify from their Muzik One headphones. Muzik One will retail for $299 and is available beginning today at Amazon.com…

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09/14/2016 Introducing Muzik® One: The Smartphone Of Headphones

Award-Winning Audio Technology Brand Launches Groundbreaking Connected Headphones, Featuring Spotify Integration and One-Touch Sharing to Top Social Networking Platforms

Available Today at Amazon.com

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Muzik® aims to transform the way people listen to music and connect to the world around them with the unveiling of Muzik® One, the first wireless, smart headphones to control third-party applications. With one touch, users can access their favorite Spotify playlist, hear live news, activate voice controls and much more. The Muzik partnership with Spotify marks the first collaboration between the popular streaming service and a connected headphone, allowing users to play, share and control Spotify from their Muzik One headphones. Muzik One will retail for $299 and is available beginning today at Amazon.com…

04/04/2016 Muzik Teams Up With Microsoft to Launch First Open SDK for Smart Headphones

LOS ANGELES, April 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Muzik™, creators of the first connected headphones, today announced a new initiative with Microsoft to release the first open source, cross-platform Muzik Software Developer Kit (SDK). The SDK will fully integrate with Muzik’s suite of audio products – beginning with the launch of the Muzik Convertible in spring/summer 2016. The added capabilities further Muzik’s mission of connecting people, cultures and experiences.

02/17/2016 ​L.A. Clippers’ Chris Paul takes stake in Muzik

Muzik LLC, maker of “smart” headphones, said Los Angeles Clippers basketball star Chris Paul has become a strategic investor in the company.

Muzik, which last month gained Twitter as a backer, didn’t disclose terms of the agreement but said Paul will play an influential role as an active investor and advisor in the company. In addition, the company said he will be an integral part of Muzik’s first product launch, Muzik Convertible, due out in spring.

“For me, music plays a role in all aspects of my life, whether I’m preparing for a game or spending time with my family,” Paul said in a statement. “Once I experienced Muzik’s headphones and saw how much they enhance your whole experience, I knew it was a company I wanted to be a part of. This is more than a partnership, I’ve seen what Muzik has in development and I’m fully invested in the future of the brand.”

Miami Beach, Fla.-based Muzik, founded in 2012 by product designer and CEO Jason Hardi, has raised more than $18 million in funding. Its investors include the Denver Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas and in January, social media network Twitter chose the company as its first hardware investment.

“I’m excited to welcome Chris to the Muzik family and work together to create game changing products” said Hardi. “It means so much to me that Chris believes in the Muzik team and our vision. It’s an honor to have Chris involved as we gear up for our official launch this spring.”

The company’s Muzik Convertible wireless headphones, set to compete with high-end brands such as Apple’s Beats, will cost $299 and includes features such as as long-range Bluetooth connection and high-def sound with total noise isolation. It also gives users the ability to control and choose songs by swiping on the ear cup and lets them share music to social networks.

02/12/2016 New ‘smart’ headphones taking aim at Beats

It’s high time your headphones got smart.

That’s the pitch from Muzik — an upcoming line of sleek, high-end headphones whose software can be updated to assist an ever-widening array of functions, including music, gaming, virtual reality and even on-the-fly language translation.

Slated for launch this summer, Muzik’s new line also can identify your favorite songs with a Shazam-like utility and post playable links to them on Facebook and Twitter.

They can do this with simple, touch-and-swipe gestures on the sides that can be customized. The wireless cans also are equipped with on-board microphones that can take phone calls and take commands from voice-recognition software like Apple’s Siri algorithm.

“I truly wanted to change the DNA of this device,” Muzik founder Jason Hardi told The Post, holding aloft a pair of Muzik’s upcoming “Convertible” headphones, which come with both on-ear and over-the-ear modules that can be snapped on and off.

“Headphones are a device that nearly everybody in the world has, and yet they’ve seen the least amount of innovation.”

Last month, Twitter raised eyebrows at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas when the company revealed it had participated in an $18 million funding round for Muzik.

Twitter, whose CEO Jack Dorsey has been scrambling for ways to attract new users, declined to comment on its bet. Some insiders took it as a wager that Muzik could pose a high-tech threat to Apple’s Beats by Dr. Dre line.

Sources said Twitter is particularly interested in the music-sharing prowess of Muzik headphones, which can create a customized experience across a range of streaming apps like Spotify and Pandora.

Later this year, sources said Muzik will announce a slew of partnerships to launch applications for business, education, social networking and gaming.

“We’ve got accelerometers built in there, we have proximity sensors, we have motion detectors,” said Hardi, a fast-talking, tattooed tech entrepreneur who previously has worked on music software with stars like rapper 50 Cent.

Muzik also plans this summer to launch an in-ear “Sport” model whose fitness-tracking functions will include monitoring heart rate, oxygen levels and running pace and distances.

Priced at $299, Muzik’s headphones are slated for distribution at major retailers.

01/20/2016 These headphones blew my mind

CES in Vegas was buzzing with innovation and mind-blowing technologies. But one company definitely made me scratch my head. You have my attention, Muzik. And its’ not just me: They have Twitter’s attention, too.

Their open software-developer kit means developers will have the ability to build third-party applications that integrate into Muzik’s system.

Taking an experience — in this case, music — from “I” to “we” is exactly what Twitter is about. And, Twitter management has said that users discussing artists and music drive the most engagement on their platform. So, it’s no surprise that Twitter’s first investment in the hardware business would be in Muzik.

Twitter has gambled on Muzik in the hopes of creating another hardware avenue of engagement that’s not your phone, tablet or computer. Tweeting with your headphones and creating content while you’re listening to music brings another layer to our experience.

Plus, they’ve taken a page out of the Beats playbook and aligned themselves strategically with some big name celebrities and powerful corporate brands — Twitter, Microsoft and the rapper Drake.

Twitter’s investment in the company makes it an attractive private investment, at the right valuation. The valuation becomes tricky because this is a hardware company with integrated software upside.

Twitter shares may not get an immediate bump because of this unique hardware play, but I would buy Twitter around $15 to $16 and bet on activist activity to come in near that price range. Twitter’s value as the go-to platform for communicating in the moment during trending events provides a valuation floor even in the face of haunting growth concerns.

I could see Muzik being acquired in the next couple years as they demonstrate market traction and growing sales. Likely suitors would be companies with the infrastructure suited to expand and monetize Muzik’s integrated software platform — bigger corporates like a Microsoft or a Google that would embed apps expanding the headphones feature set — and more importantly taking on Apple and Beats.

01/04/2016 Muzik’s smart headphones share your tunes on Twitter

These cans post your songs on social networks without making you bring out your phone.

Just about every streaming music app has an option to share whatever you’re listening to. However, using that feature on your phone can be a pain — by the time you’ve reached into your pocket and crafted that social post, the moment might already be over. Muzik thinks it can help. For a while now, it’s been developing smart headphones whose smart keys let you perform numerous tasks just by tapping keys on an ear cup, including sharing to social networks. If you just had a musical epiphany, you can let the world know on Twitter or Facebook. In fact, Twitter loves it so much that it decided to make the company its first ever hardware investment.

Although Muzik first showed off its headphones in 2013, the company has tuned its product over time. For example, you’ll be able to use gestures to control basic tasks without reaching for a remote, such as swiping to tweak the volume or holding the cup to trigger Siri on an iPhone. They’re both wired and wireless, and Muzik is vowing “studio-quality” sound — hopefully that’s not just the usual marketing fluff.

The technology should first show up in over-ear models that launch in May for $299, followed by $199 in-ear versions. That’s a lot to pay for mobile listening, especially when there may be nicer-sounding alternatives, but Muzik is clearly betting that the future of headphones is as much about connections and convenience as anything else.

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