I have several places, where I want to listen to music (that includes albums FM and internet radio):
- In my living room
- In my bedroom
- In my kitchen
- In my bathroom
- In my car
- On my bike
- At work
I think the following four componets could bring me closer to audio nirvana:
- An audio hub. This could be a computer running a rendezvous server like iTunes, but it could be something like my Pioneer receiver. It would could contain a harddisk to store the music library and a WLAN interface to stream music to other parts of the flat. It might or might not have a UI of its own. An important fact is, that I want to be able to control this from other parts of the flat, as if I was sitting directly before it (making playlists, browsing the library, making ratings, etc.)
- WLAN audio satellites in every room. These can be a "WLAN to Chinch" bridges like AirTunes or a active speaker with a WLAN receiver build in or a classical AV receiver with WLAN. They can have a UI (display and buttons), but don't need one necesarrily because of:
- WLAN remote. This could look something like a Philips SBC RU 865 or a Philps Pronto.
- Mobile audio player. Now this could be a iPod. But don't know how well it would do in my car.
- Easy sync. If I rate a song with five stars at work, I want that rating everywhere. If I import a song at home, I want that song at work as easy as possible.
- Easy UI. If I listen to music from my bathtub, I don't want to go to the computer to change the song. I might not want to create playlists from the bathtub but it would be nice to rate a song from the bathtub :-)
- Plug and play. It must be easy to set up a secure WLAN network with all these compontents.
- MP3 and AAC for audio compression
- WLAN for networking
- Shoutcast for push and Rendozvous for pull
- http for anything that cannot be covered by the above