Monday, June 7, 2004

AirPort Express

The important thing to remember here is that the product is called AirPort Express. It’s a base station with some music capabilities, not a music device with wireless capabilities.

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Why the caveat? At that price, if it works as advertised as a musical device, the base station features will be effectively invisible to plenty of people.

I saw a bunch of complaints that it doesn't display track info, can't control which track plays next, doesn't work with an iPod, etc. In other words, it's not a Squeezbox with iTunes integration at half the price and size.

Nor is it a sign that Apple is becoming a music company.

So, I'm sure it will function as a nice little music device for many people, but it's not meant to be the one true way to play music into your stereo. Maybe I'm just over-reacting to the reaction that I expect to be ignoring over the next few days...

Sure enough, Mossberg wrote: "It's surprising and disappointing that a company renowned for ease of use shipped a music-streaming product without those crucial capabilities."

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