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Sharing Digital Music Around the House

Boot Camp feature for Wednesday, September 7, 2005

The easy way to share digital music around the house. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. There are plenty of devices on the market these days that allow you to use your home network to link files on your PC….to your TV or stereo system for listening to digital music and viewing pictures or videos. If your needs are strictly music…and you have some money to spare….a company called Sonos has an easy to use solution. A handheld hub with an LCD screen lets you direct music to ZonePlayers around the house. Sonos co-founder Tom Cullen….

"Pick a room, pick a song, press play. You can have ten players in your house playing ten different songs or you can hit the party mode button and all ten rooms will play the same song at the exact same time and you can do that with as many controllers as you want up to 32 rooms."

If you can afford it. A package with two ZonePlayers and a controller costs about 12 hundred dollars. You have to supply your speakers. At that price…who is the Sonos system aimed at? Cullen says its not the high end audiophile…

"We're in a funny place in that we're about one-fifth or one-fourth the price of a custom system and many of our users install it themselves."

The ease of setting up the system is what Sonos has done better than anyone else…and the controller has the look and feel of an oversized iPod. The system works with both Windows and Mac computers. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.