If you've known about Orb in the past, you probably knew it best as a
software company. Orb Networks' claim to fame came from a software
that allowed iTunes
content to be streamed to any device for free, but
now they're taking things to the next level: hardware. It's a tough and
competitive landscape for hardware makers in the audio/streaming space,
but Orb may just have a winner on their hands here.
The new smartphone
-controlled and Internet-connected music system is
called the Orb Music Player (easy enough!), and it's designed to work as
a standalone device to stream iTunes, Internet music/radio, Pandora,
etc. to any place in the home. This really removes the technical barrier
from before, as the standalone Orb handles the duties that were once
assigned to a computer. The company claims that this device "is the only
music system that lets consumers listen to their
consolidated collections of music, including iTunes, Pandora, Sirius
Radio and a wide variety of Internet music services, in multiple rooms
around the home."
It's also cheap. At just $69, it undercuts most of the competition, and
it uses an interface that will be familiar to heavy iTunes users. With
the smartphone music remote control, users can easily pause,
playback, change the volume, or skip around their playlist. The only
problem we see is that only iOS is supported; Android, webOS and Windows
Phone 7 users will either have to hope an app comes to their platform
or grab an iPod touch to use this.
Orb Networks Launches $69 Music System That Streams iTunes and Pandora to Any Home Stereo
Smartphone-Controlled System Unlocks Music in the Home
OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- A world of music is being unleashed for consumers thanks to a new smartphone-controlled and Internet-connected music system today announced by Orb Networks, Inc. The new Orb Music Player is the easiest and most affordable ($69) way for consumers to enjoy their entire iTunes music library, Internet music and radio services -- such as Pandora and Sirius Radio -- on any stereo, anywhere in the home.
"People have built amazing digital libraries of music with iTunes, that are only available to enjoy via a PC or iPod, while Internet radio and music services are limited to listening via a PC or Mac," said Joe Costello, CEO or Orb Networks. "With the Orb Music Player, we have unlocked music so that it can be enjoyed in any stereo around the home, turning personal music enjoyment into a social music experience."
The Orb Music Player transforms any home music system into an Internet-connected stereo that is easily controlled via smartphones such as iPhone or Android, as well as with an iPad and iPod Touch. It is the only music system that lets consumers listen to their consolidated collections of music, including iTunes, Pandora, Sirius Radio and a wide variety of Internet music services, in multiple rooms around the home.
Unlike other systems that are expensive and complex to use, the Orb Music Player is an innovative, home music system that is affordable -- at only $69 -- and a snap to set-up and use. With the Orb Music Player, consumers extend and enhance their existing home stereos and eliminate the need to hire an expert to install a pricey new music system.
With a familiar iTunes-like interface, the Orb Music Player puts the consumer in control of their music, giving them easy access to all their favorites. Consumers simply select the music they want to listen to on their smartphone and then choose any home stereo for instant playback. With the smartphone music remote control, users can easily pause, playback, change the volume, or skip around their playlist. And, everyone in the home can have their own Orb-enabled smartphone remote to manage, play and share their personal music collections.
Setting up the Orb Music Player is quick and easy. First, users download the free Orb Caster software to their PC or Mac; next they plug the Orb Music Player-- a compact, hockey-puck sized disk -- into any home stereo; and finally, they download the free Orb controller app from iTunes to their smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch. After completing the easy set up, Orb users can enjoy their music throughout their home.
Pricing and Availability
The Orb Music Player is available now from Orb Networks at new.orb.com for $69. The Orb Controller software for the iPhone platform is available now from the iTunes App Store, for free. The Orb Caster software is available as a free download from www.orb.com.