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Two and a Half Million Songs...Around the House

Boot Camp feature for Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Two and a half million songs…all around the house. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Sonos, a company that has created one of the most fool proof systems for playing digital music stored on PCs on players around the home…. the connections are all wireless…. has formed its first partnership with an online music service. Chief Executive John MacFarlane says the Sonos system…which includes a controller that looks like a big iPod for selecting songs and directing music to various rooms…. can now connect with Real Networks Rhapsody service…..

"The Sonos system connects over the broadband Internet connection directly to the Rhapsody music library and then it allows you to discover the music you like or new music from your living room in the palm of your hand. So you can do searches by genre, look at the top charts for example. Here we're going to look at the latest top tracks and we'll add that all to the collection. Without the hassle of going out to the store or collecting the CD or any of the things you have to do around that. You can see the album art's there as well as all the artist information. One of the really interesting features is now you can also create a little custom radio station…and the service will recommend similar artists like it and play it for you in a string of ongoing tracks."

The Rhapsody service costs ten dollars a month. Sonos systems for distributing digital music wirelessly around the house start at a thousand dollars….for a controller and two ZonePlayers. The company faces increasing competition from Logitech and others. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.