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.
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!