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Logitech today introduced its Wireless DJ Music System, which allows users to wirelessly stream digital music from their PC to a home entertainment center or speaker system. The system consists of a rechargeable remote and a wired Music Receiver/Dock that connects to a stereo or speakers. The remote features a mechanical scroll wheel and a blue-backlit LCD. The system supports MP3, AAC, and WMA, and also comes with Logitech StreamPoint PC software to aggregate audio files, playlists, and Internet radio stations from iTunes, Windows Media Player and Musicmatch Jukebox, “creating a unified music library that can be easily viewed and accessed by the Wireless DJ remote.” The Wireless DJ Music System will be available in late September for $250. Add-on receivers for more rooms will cost $80 each.

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Comments

1

Good for them. An aggregated music library, a full-featured, rechargeable, iPod-like remote, and AAC support… Definitely several steps in the right direction.

Now if only Apple could devise a similar system where the iPod *is* the remote.

Posted by Dan on August 8, 2006 at 4:05 PM (CDT)

2

well there are rumors of a wifi in the next ipod.. connect to an airport express and that’s what you’ll have. and i would definitely buy that.

Posted by jm on August 8, 2006 at 4:19 PM (CDT)

3

Logitech software supporting AAC; has Hell frozen over?

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on August 8, 2006 at 11:11 PM (CDT)

4

Logitech doesn’t ‘really’ support AAC.  This product is just a “remote audio output” with a fancy remote & software to control popular media players with it… it’ll play anything the PC & it’s media play application can play. The audio is sent over it’s own proprietary lossy wireless.

Posted by John on August 9, 2006 at 6:38 AM (CDT)

5

um, mmk

Posted by conman86 on August 9, 2006 at 9:49 AM (CDT)

6

OK, so it’s more like a remote sound card; that’s even better.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on August 9, 2006 at 10:49 AM (CDT)

7

Is everyone so focussed on producing another Bose SoundDock rip-off that they don’t recognize that they could basically take ALL of Sonos’s market by introducing a Wi-Fi remote that works with Airport Express? It seems pretty obvious to me, and the only reason I can see not to do it is that everyone is afraid that Apple will come out with one…

Posted by akatsuki on August 9, 2006 at 12:49 PM (CDT)

8

Could somebody PLEASE tell my why I cannot comment on this?!

Posted by Bad Beaver on August 9, 2006 at 5:01 PM (CDT)

9

No digital out? No ALAC support? $250 regardless?Who’s in charge at Logitech these days? I can see it before me “Let’s make something that looks nice & costs a bunch, but let’s jsut stuff lo-fi tech inside - yes, that’s what our company should do”. Ridiculous.

Posted by Bad Beaver on August 9, 2006 at 5:02 PM (CDT)

10

akatsuki, I wonder too. Nobody is stopping you from using Salling Clicker though. Lots of Bluetooth and some WLAN devices you may already own might serve as your iTunes remote. It is just a little hard to find a small device with 11g WLAN.

Posted by Bad Beaver on August 9, 2006 at 5:06 PM (CDT)

11

John, where are you getting “lossy wireless”?  The wireless transmission is digital, so unless the software is re-encoding the audio file, it’s not inherently lossy (at least, not any more lossy than the audio formats it supports).  The transmitter plugs in via USB (how else would you be able to control the music?).

Digital audio output would be nice, but it’s not like a pair of RCAs won’t be perfectly fine.  I just really hope it sounds nice—on paper, all of the other features look great!

Posted by Craig on August 9, 2006 at 7:58 PM (CDT)

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