Pandora Teams Up with Baby Einstein to Create New Musical Content
NEW YORK (November 22, 2021) - Pandora and Baby Einstein, the creator of multimedia interactive products for infants and toddlers, have collaborated to create a wide variety of kids musical content for the streaming music platform, including a “Baby Einstein & Friends” station on Pandora with exclusive custom listening modes and also content from Baby Einstein’s Sandbox series.
The new Pandora station, available now, allows kids and their families access to music directly from their streaming device, or with the sound of their voice on all smart speakers. Baby Einstein’s vast library on Pandora includes baby-friendly versions of classical masterpieces from Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi, Chopin, and Rossini, as well as classic lullabies and nursery rhymes, now all in one place.
“Baby Einstein & Friends” allows parents and toddlers alike a more personalized listening experience with two customized modes. The ‘Sleep’ mode features calming and comforting nursery rhymes, Baby Einstein instrumental classics, and lullabies to help little ones self-soothe their way to dreamland. The ‘Play’ mode builds on the Baby Einstein brand’s world of curiosity to deliver a play-and-learn playlist like no other, including content from Blippi, Cocomelon, and more.
The new unique musical experience also features audio content from Baby Einstein’s Sandbox edutainment video series, which brings timeless characters to life with the purpose of introducing little ones to the concepts of culture and diversity. The 10-episode series highlights different languages, traditions, musical instruments, foods, and more, enabling parents to be their baby’s first teacher and foster social-emotional skills such as empathy, compassion, responsibility, and inclusion.
“We are thrilled to work with Pandora and to bring Baby Einstein’s musical content to its platform. More families now have access to this music than ever before, and we can’t wait to see how it ignites curiosity in Pandora’s youngest listeners,” said Meryl Macune, SVP of Global Marketing for Kids2, parent company of Baby Einstein. “We are confident that this relationship gives both brands the opportunity to provide a new, holistic solution to their audience of parents worldwide.”
Baby Einstein is guided by The Einstein Way, a learning philosophy developed through extensive science and child development research. This philosophy guides the Baby Einstein team throughout their development to encourage real-world learning, develop confidence, stimulate creativity, and strengthen the bond between parents and their baby. Under the direction of Kids2, the brand has become an international household name, leveraging unique insights to deliver innovative, award-winning solutions that create tiny wins for parents and bright futures for their children.
“Baby Einstein & Friends” joins the robust lineup of children’s destinations on Pandora, which offers highly curated radio experiences designed for toddlers, kids, and pre-teens. The new content is now available on Pandora at www.pandora.com/genre/baby-einstein-friends. For more information on Pandora, please visit www.pandora.com and for Baby Einstein, please visit www.kids2.com/pages/baby-einstein.
Pandora, a subsidiary of SiriusXM, is the largest ad-supported audio entertainment streaming service in the U.S. Pandora provides consumers a uniquely-personalized music and podcast listening experience with its proprietary Music Genome Project® and Podcast Genome Project® technology. Pandora is also the leading digital audio advertising platform in the U.S. Through its own Pandora service, its AdsWizz platform, and third party services, such as SoundCloud, the Company connects brands to the largest ad-supported streaming audio marketplace in the country. Pandora is available through its mobile app, the web, and integrations with more than 2,000 connected products.
Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) is the leading audio entertainment company in North America, and the premier programmer and platform for subscription and digital advertising-supported audio products. SiriusXM’s platforms collectively reach approximately 150 million listeners, the largest digital audio audience across paid and free tiers in North America, and deliver music, sports, talk, news, comedy, entertainment and podcasts. Pandora, a subsidiary of SiriusXM, is the largest ad-supported audio entertainment streaming service in the U.S. SiriusXM’s subsidiaries Stitcher, Simplecast and AdsWizz make it a leader in podcast hosting, production, distribution, analytics and monetization. The Company’s advertising sales organization, which operates as SXM Media, leverages its scale, cross-platform sales organization and ad tech capabilities to deliver results for audio creators and advertisers. SiriusXM, through Sirius XM Canada Holdings, Inc., also offers satellite radio and audio entertainment in Canada. In addition to its audio entertainment businesses, SiriusXM offers connected vehicle services to automakers. For more about SiriusXM, please go to: www.siriusxm.com.
About The Baby EinsteinTM Brand
Born from the belief that the future belongs to the curious, Baby Einstein helps parents cultivate curiosity – within their children and themselves – through experiences of shared discovery and creativity. Why? Because curiosity motivates us to learn and adapt. It compels us to be open to possibility and confident in our skills. Curiosity is essential for succeeding in our ever-changing world and creating a better one.
Baby Einstein® and the Boy’s Head Logo are trademarks of Baby Einstein, LLC. EINSTEIN® is a trademark of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
About Kids2 Group
Kids2 Group is a purpose-driven family of companies focused on helping new parents solve some of their biggest problems. This is all made possible thanks to Kids2 Group’s unique community of passionate people and forward-thinking companies that create connectivity and comradery in pursuit of tiny wins for parents and children everywhere. Comprised of world-renowned brands Baby Einstein, Ingenuity and Bright Starts, as well as a privately owned media company, a venture capital firm to invest in like-minded startups, a vertically-integrated manufacturing facility, and various joint-venture partnerships—Kids2 Group sets out to create holistic solutions that create more tiny wins and bright futures for all families.?
Kids2 Group‘s global reach spans 90 countries and more than 700 million consumer touchpoints, and the Kids2 Group family is growing. Thanks to new ideation and innovation, along with new investments in innovative spaces, Kids2 Group is on a path to make each day that much easier for early-stage parents and families everywhere.
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