I haven't updated my post in a long, long time - which i guess is some violation of web ettiquette.   I should have "FRESH" updates for you all the time.  But guess what - when things are great, and they don't change that much - then you don't need new technobabble for the sake of technobabble.

I will tell you this - Sonos is the best multiroom solution out there.    It's the hardware you use to get music playing throughout your house without some really complicated set up.  You can really set this up yourself pretty easily.  www.sonos.com and watch their video.  If you are an iPod Touch or iPhone user, you can control your Sonos system from one of those devices!  I actually like this solution over buying the Sonos controller because you can touch-type your song selections versus scroll-typing. 

For the music to play through your system, I still use (and prefer) the Rhapsody service as my primary music library -- it's all about streaming baby!  You don't need to buy individual tracks to get your music; you simply subscribe & then you can dial up any tune you want, any time you want!   Any playlist you want!!  New & old!!   You can also connect your MP3 player and take this music TO GO.      One other note - yes, you can connect your personal library of tunes as well and stream it through the Sonos.  Want more info or want to know how? Send me your question!

Do you know about PANDORA?  It's an internet radio service - only you make the station!!  You pick a tune - let's say you are old school and you want to hear Captain & Tenille.  Ok, so you type that in, and wah-la!  A new radio station plays not only C&T tunes, but similar artists from that era and new era tunes TOO.  GREAT. And you don't have to sit there and pick the tunes -- it does it for you and you can give it the thumbs up or down to get the station dialed in just right to your tastes. 


Sonos has a deal going right now that you should really take advantage of!   They are offering a pair of their speakers ($179 value) for free with a purchase of the Sonos bundle 150 or the amplified ZonePlayer 120.   This is a real deal!  The speakers are great and to get them free is AWESOME.  Gotta purchase it though before 10/31/08.

If you haven't been to my house for dinner or a little cocktail evening, you just don't know how the Sonos system can change your party!   Every time without fail, I put the Sonos controller in the hands of a guest, show them how to dial up their favorites - and the next thing you know, we have a REAL party!   Dancing, singing, groovin' -- all of the above.  Get this system.  You won't be disappointed -

You need to order from their site & type in this cupon code:  FREESP100



In this post, I will just introduce you to my favorites.  In later posts, I will go into more about the specifics of the services/products and why I think they are tops.

Let me start here - So many of you have been sucked in by the iPod phenom!   That's great - I used to work for Apple (for 10 years baby), and I love the products, coolness, etc.  I don't love the proprietary nature of the tech though.  In other words, Apple's iTunes/iPod might as well be a "my way or the highway" approach to music.  You have to buy each tune like you were buying an old 45 rpm record; Apple uses it's own file format which is not necessarily compatible with other music players; they don't yet offer streaming capability - so you are building your own library one tune at a time.   THAT said - DAMN COOL STUFF!   They revolutionized the music listening experience and really paved the way for what is now the coolest way to listen & share tunes! Bravo & thanks Apple!

One of the things I learned while I worked at Apple, was the notion of being Maverick.  At the time, you were considered one if you worked there or used the products - because, the Apple Mac & other products "just weren't the norm".  Hey - guess I am still a Maverick and Apple is now the mainstream.

I am a fan of a of streaming music services!   When I am B-O-R-E-D with my music library - I can just add more stuff to it, ditch what I don't want to listen anymore.  BUT hey, if I get nostalgic and want that old tune again, I can just search for it and add it back into my list!   Now that is FLEXIBILITY.

So here's what I use & recommend to my friends:   I use a combination of RHAPSODY (I pay 15 bucks a month for access to a 2 million+ library of music; specifically the "Rhapsody to Go" subscription) and PANDORA (a cool service that builds radio stations based on your musical tastes - more on that later). 

To play these services - at home, I stream the music through my stereo system using SONOS wireless system and for my personal MP3 player, I used the Sansa Rhapsody - a player designed from the ground up to work with Rhapsody and the to-go service.  I can plug this in to my ear buds, my car or any stereo device that has a 1/8 jack.

That's the fave list.   Check back later as I will add elaborate on Rhapsody & Sonos as my first follow up blogs.  Now, if you use these already, add your thoughts now!  Don't wait for my next post!


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