“The vision of a digital home in which music and video is streamed between devices is still 10 years away, says a leading music technology businessman,” Darren Waters reports for BBC News.
“John MacFarlane, chief executive of Sonos, said neither consumers nor the technology itself were ready,” Waters reports. “Sonos makes wireless (wi-fi) music streaming systems, aimed at customers who want to listen to their digital music around the house.”
“Apple and Microsoft are among many firms betting on the digital home,” Waters reports. “Apple manufactures a device, called the AirPort Express [with AirTunes], which plugs into a hi-fi system and lets users broadcast or ‘stream’ their music from a PC or Mac via a wireless network.”
Waters reports, “About one in six homes have a home network in North America, according to a recent report from Forrester Research.”
“The report’s author, Charles S. Golvin, said: “Most networks simply enable basic PC activities like broadband, file and printer sharing. ‘The shift to the entertainment-centric network remains well into the future.’ According to Forrester, only one in five people who have a home network actually use it to listen to music,” Waters reports. “And of people who do not have a home network, one in six said it was because they did not understand what one was.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dirty Pierre le Punk” for the heads up.]