Looking for a wireless home music system, look no further than Apple. No, I’m not an Apple zealot, but by the time you’re done reading this post, you’ll sure think I am.

Some History

Quite a while back we were looking for a system where we could sync our MP3 Music collection and stream it to our home stereo. We tried out Roku Soundbridge. It never made the cut. I replaced it with an AirPort Express (Airtunes). It worked quite well.

Along the way

I had long been shopping around for a system that not only synced my MP3 tunes to my home stereo, I was also looking for one with a remote that interfaced to my MP3 Library. One that would allow browsing, searching, controlling and playing the music from the comfort of the couch. There were some options, Sonos was one. But for a cool $1000 (approximations) bucks, that was far from worth it.

I sat on the decision.

This last January, Malin gave me an iPod Touch for our engagement. Pretty good device if you ask me. great for catching the Everybody Loves Raymond episodes on my commute.

Late this summer, Apple released a software update for the iPhone and iTouch. Say hello to iPod Applications. Not long after I stumbled upon the free iRemote application from Apple.


I now have the system that rivals (actually blows out of the water) the Sonos systems. One which I can control from my finger tips, while sitting on the couch. It’s WIFI, so wherever I am in the house, I can turn the music up, switch songs, turn on (or off) speakers, etc. It’s great!!

Of course, I could have purchased the Sonos systems for $1000 bucks. Instead, the Airtunes Express is $99, the iPod Touch or iPhone is $250 (many of us already have one of these, or an iPhone) and the iRemote Application is free.

So, either choose the Sonos system (please don’t) or the Apple system. Apple system is as inexpensive as $99. Get the AirTunes Express from eBay as cheep as $30 bucks, and you’re laughin!

8 Responses to “iPod + iRemote + Airtunes Express – the ultimate wireless home stereo”

  1. Tyler Says:

    I just got an iTouch for Christmas, and though I have a Prismiq MediaPlayer (http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-audio-receivers-dars/prismiq-mediaplayer/4505-6470_7-20789612.html) I haven’t even hooked it up since moving; it’s ok, but not worth the hassle of fishing network cables into the bonus room ……. AirTunes Express may be on my horizon, I’m always impressed with Apple products, I’ve always hated Apple software (at least when run on a PC) …..

    You’ve been running this solution for a while, still happy with it?

  2. ChadL Says:

    Yes, I’ve been running the solution for a while now and I’m quite happy with it. Your box does other media as well, that’s where the Airport Express is lacking. It only does audio.

    Performance and utility is great, especially for the price.

  3. Tyler Says:

    Yeah, the Prismiq hasn’t ever done a good job with anything other than MP3s …. and even then it is inconsistent … I’m thinking I might head out today and get an Airport Express.

  4. Brian Stolzman Says:

    I have the Sonos system and our family LOVES it. When I got it I wasnt aware of Airfoil that allows you to play all sources of audio through the express. I needed to be able to play Sirius, Lastfm and more. Sonos does all of that very well and I use the iphone Sonos app. Love it.

    Now. Just found airfoil with Pulsar (plays Sirius). Hooked it up at our cottage this weekend. Oh yeah, I use all Mac stuff. Set up is easy. I was excited to try it for the first time and it worked right off the bat. I set up 2 zones and can control them easily. Although I can’t play different sources in each zone like you can with Sonos. Otherwise, I can do everything the Sonos does albeit with an extra step or 2. With airtunes drm is not a problem like it is with Sonos.

    Bottom line I payed $800 for Sonos (a deal) $225 for airtunes with Airfoil. If you’re looking I can’t justify the cost of Sonos now that you can pay anything on Airtunes.

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  6. Wilhelmina Kemnitz Says:

    Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

  7. Cedrick Blog Says:

    Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass’ favor.

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