Spotify Connect

Spotify wants to reach out and into your hi-fi with its new Spotify Connect service. We're talking about an iOS App (Android and desktop apps are in the works) and hardware-based wi-fi solution so only compatible devices will work with this new Connect feature but the idea that you can direct your music streaming from your phone to your hi-fi is, well, appealing. See for yourself.

See? Music makes people happy. It makes people dance. More music in more places makes people even happier. Sharing music may just be the best part.

A list of manufactures playing along with Spotify Connect include Argon, Bang & Olufsen, Denon, Marantz, Philips, Pioneer, Revo, Teufel and Yamaha. According to early reports, the Connect service, which requires a Premium Spotify account, runs on the audio device that's playing the music so your wi-fi speakers will take care of the downloading/streaming directly giving your phone a break. Spotify Connect should hit the streets over the next few months.

Of course there are other competing wi-fi solutions like apX Bluetooth that we're seeing show up in some DACs and other devices like the new NAD D 3020 which allow you to stream content from your Bluetooth-enabled device to your Bluetooth-enabled hi-fi. From my perspective, the ability to easily integrate music stored or streamed from phones to our hi-fis is one very good way of getting more people involved and excited about hi-fi. They're already excited about music.

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Stephen Mejias's picture

It also makes them young and sexy.

(The music, in this case, is the Tallest Man on Earth, "1904.")

From my perspective, the ability to easily integrate music stored or streamed from phones to our hi-fis is one very good way of getting more people involved and excited about hi-fi.

True. People love sharing music, and this is one very cool, very easy, and very attractive way of doing it.

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