Right Now We Want: A new gadget for your music called Beep
Music streamed from your iPhone sounds a lot better on a real speaker, and this little gadget is here to help
Mon Feb 24 2014
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Listening to music from the speakers on your smartphone or iPad is fine, but it's just not amazing. And hooking up your phone to stand-alone speakers makes it difficult to multitask between swiping on Tinder and jamming to Beyoncé. But there's a problem solver about to hit the market. Enter Beep, a small, Wi-Fi-enabled copper gadget that connects to your speakers. It acts as a middleman to stream your music library, which you control via the service's app on your phone. Pandora also works with the device; expect other music streaming services like Spotify to get on board soon.
Beep won't start shipping until later this year (fall is a realistic time frame), but it's a good idea to place your order now. Orders made before the end of this month (you only have a few days left!) cost $99. After that, Beep goes up to its retail value ($149). Live in an apartment larger than a studio? Multiple Beeps can synchronize music to speakers throughout your home—and can even be programmed to play different music in different rooms. Think of the gadget as a Chromecast for your speakers.
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Editor: Marley Lynch (@marleyasinbob)