News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday June 03, 2014.
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Though smartphones have increasingly become the place the many people listen or at least remotely control their music, the options to connect devices typically require purchasing new expensive equipment. Motorola today announced Moto Stream, a small Bluetooth adapter that plugs into a speaker and turns it into an Internet-connected speaker. When paired to an Android, iOS, or Windows smartphone, it can turn an old speaker into a new connected speaker.
The Moto Stream hardware is the size of a small ball and looks like a giant dice piece from a board game. The icosahderon-shaped accessory connects to a smartphone through Bluetooth 3.0 and then plugs into a speaker through the 3.5mm to RCA or a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable. Once paired with a phone, users are able to control music playback through Google Play, Pandora, and Spotify. Multiple devices can pair into the system and add their own songs, but users can still "heist" the playlist by changing the song. Up to five smartphones, tablets, or computers can be connected at a time.
Connecting old speakers to new phone isn't a foreign concept. As recently as February we covered Rocki, which connects to phones on the same Wi-Fi network and lets users play their music. The Moto Stream will compete with such products by costing $49.99. It is available for sale now.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.