August 18, 2009
last issue we talked about how to wirelessly stream music from your computer
equipment to a remote speaker using the
speaker system. This month we take a look at a high end solution to
streaming music remotely with the Apple iPod - commonly referred to as the
iTouch. With a list price of $214.99 from
Amazon.com, this little device is a bit pricey, but well worth every penny
for the simply magnificent features built into this piece of technological
Some of the key features include a slim rectangular shape with rounded edges, a
glass touch screen, thousands of free apps to download from the App Store and
built in wireless access to your home wireless router or any public access
wireless router. One of the unique features of the iTouch (and the one that sold
us), was its built in glass touch screen and navigation system. It is extremely
easy to use and is the only mobile device whose onscreen keyboard actually works
flawless each and every keystroke!
Now, let's get to the number one reason why we are including the iTouch in our
Go Wireless column - Live365! The most compelling reason to purchase an iTouch
is the free Live365 application that is included in the Apple App Store. Simply
search for Live365 in the App Store, install the application and a Live365 icon
will appear on your iTouch desktop. Select the Live365 application with a touch
of the finger, sign-in to your Live365 account and start streaming music
directly to your iTouch including all
Radio channels. Go to your favorite hotspot bookstore, coffee shop or add a
base station to your iTouch with speakers and you can bring your Celtic Radio
music anywhere you go in your house, yard or beyond!
Some of the great features you can expect while using Live365 through the
- Listen to Live365 in your car.
- Connects with your cell data plan or wi-fi.
- Artist and track info with album artwork.
- Unlimited presets synced to the website.
- Multiple skins/themes. anywhere.
- Celtic Radio in CD quality.
Music can be purchased directly through the iTouch using Apple's iTunes music
store and through the computer using the
Music that you purchase on your computer through iTunes can be automatically
transfered to the iTouch using a USB cable for easy on the go music anywhere you
travel. Our one complaint with the iTunes store and software is that the
majority of the music available for purchase is
DRM protected which means it can only be played on your Apple product. We
give Apple a big thumbs down on DRM protection which hinders consumer's ability
to transfer their music to other mobile devices or computers in their homes or
office. Our suggestion is to use
Amazon's DRM free MP3 download service which in most cases appears to be
less expensive then the iTunes.
Another great feature for you "Go Wireless" people is the ability to play full
length digital movies on your iTouch. Movies can be obtain either through the
iTunes store or converted using digital software. A number of recently released
movies are also including a digital copy of the movie that is included with your
DVD purchase. Simply add this digital copy to your iTunes, sync the iTouch up
with your USB cable or docking station, and you got a full length movie to watch
on the subway, by the pool or in the car!
The beauty of the iTouch is the all in one approach that Apple has taken. The
iPod Touch is a portable media player, personal digital assistant, Wi-Fi mobile
platform and includes a web browser, email, you tube videos, stocks and
thousands of free software from the Apple App store. We believe the iTouch will
give the most demanding customer many years of enjoyment, and with a rich
selection of features, we give Apple's iTouch system a thumbs up for our Celtic
Radio members. Now go Wireless!