RUMOR: Apple working on multimedia digital hub device

“Multiple reports indicate a device [coming from Apple Computer] that will allow consumers to wirelessly broadcast their iTunes play libraries–from an iPod or PC–to a home stereo, among other things. Details of the device are sketchy and confirmation has been marred by conflicting details from subsequent reports,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.

“According to one statement, the company is said to be developing its own iTunes radio that will wirelessly stream iTunes and internet net radio data, and is rumored to be accompanied by a potential partnership with Bose,” Marsal reports.

“Meanwhile, additional reports point to the potential release of multimedia hub that will perform the same functions, while also allowing for iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD content to be displayed on television screens. The device is said to connected wirelessly to any Macintosh on a rendezvous or AirPort network and will also be capable of digital video recording on an internal hard drive and media burning via a Super Drive,” Marsal reports.

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19 Comments

  1. This is the kind of thing that can either suck or be fantastic depending on the implementation and price.

    You hope Apple has designed about 20 of these things in different configurations and form factors, and is seeing which one or ones hit the right spot.

    One thing I would like to see is a machine that would let you record programming to disc–I haven’t gotten a Tivo because I can’t see the point of adding another box to the pile in the family room if I can’t save at least VCD quality long term, like a full season of a show to hold onto until the DVD’s came out.

  2. Price will be cheap $999.
    What ever it will be I will pay that. The idea of somekind of iBox is very nice. “Homeserver”.. Bluetooth link to my Miele/Gaggenau appliances. Then again I will be scared if my Gaggenau ED 220 starts a slide show by itself.

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