Sunday, July 21, 2024

Bose enters Sonos territory with the SoundTouch WiFi music system


Bose has entered the WiFi music system space currently dominated by Sonos with their its latest product, the SoundTouch. Essentially the same principle as a Sonos system, the Bose SoundTouch system comprises three different speaker units that hook into your WiFi network to allow streaming from selected Internet music services as well as using AirPlay to send music from your iOS device.

Initially the SoundTouch will support Pandora, with the likes of iHeartRadio and Deezer to follow. Pandora in particular is useless outside the United States, so no doubts a lot of folks interested in this system will hope for support for Spotify and Rdio down the line. There’s a free iOS app to help you control the SoundTouch which is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and down the line there is also to be a Windows and a Mac application as well. This is in addition to a hardware controller.

It’s also a little pricey. Here in the UK, two of the units cost £349.95 while the largest unit costs a pretty whopping £599.95. If you’re into your Bose equipment, these prices won’t come as too much of a shock, but for most, the slightly cheaper and better supported Sonos may still be the better option.

Source: Bose

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