Sonos has encountered a serious competitor. Bose enters in the universe of streaming music when recently released its new line of Wi-Fi speakers under its new SoundTouch brand. The speakers rely on a free SoundTouch app that acts as a simple controller for all of your favorite music. Millions of songs, thousands of Internet radio stations, popular services like Pandora now you can be streamed in rich, full-range sound anywhere around your home with the SoundTouch Portable Wi-Fi music system.
“It’s more than a new product intro, but more about how you enjoy music at home,” the company said.
SoundTouch systems are designed to take advantage of the expanding world of streaming music. “We’ll add more of the world’s most popular music services, like iHeartRadio and Deezer, in the second half of 2014.“ If you have an Apple device and want to listen to iHeartRadio or another music service now, the company recommend using AirPlay, which is built into this SoundTouch system.
You can stream music from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to SoundTouch Wi-Fi music systems via AirPlay. You cannot stream music stored on an Android phone or from apps on an Android phone.
New SoundTouch Wi-Fi line includes three speaker models: the SoundTouch 30, SoundTouch 20, and SoundTouch Portable. The SoundTouch 30 ($699) is the largest unit, designed to serve as the main sound system in a room and uses Bose’s proprietary waveguide tech and woofer. The SoundTouch 20($399) is a compact unit that can be moved from room to room if needed, while the Portable ($399) is for use as its name implies.