Gramofon, Cheap Wi-Fi Music Streaming From The Makers Of Fon

Gramofon, Cheap Wi-Fi Music Streaming From The Makers Of Fon

I have a Libratone Zipp speaker, and it works great – within five line-of-sight meters of my router that is. Any further and it just goes nuts, shows me a red light and refuses to play.

What I need is a way to extend my network throughout my apartment, but without spending a fortune on AirPorts Express. If only there were a $30 box that not only extended my network but came in a package so tiny I could dot them around the house.

Wait, what’s that? The Gramofon?

Gramofon comes from the folks behind Fon, the Wi-Fi router people.

It works like this: You connect it to your Wi-Fi network (or to an Ethernet cable), and you hook it up to a speaker. Then you use it to stream Spotify or Wah-Wah music direct.
Gramofon, Cheap Wi-Fi Music Streaming From The Makers Of Fon
No, there’s no AirPlay, and you can’t stream music direct from your device. But given that so many folks use Spotify, this mightn’t be a problem, especially as it costs as little as $30, although it’s more likely to be $60 by the time you make it to the Kickstarter page.

I like the idea of a tiny Wi-Fi device for my music streaming, but I don’t like the fact I can’t actually stream my own music. So I guess it’s an AirPort Express after all.

  • http://www.feastofbeast.com DJBabyBuster

    This is just lame version of streaming to speakers done right by Rocki:http://www.myrocki.com/

    Rocki was a successful kickstarter, shipping out nowish. Your can order one for $50 that streams Your Own Music from phone/pc over wi-fi. It also does spotify etc if you use those. Plus is has a rechargeable battery for portability. Pretty much slaying the competition in every way.

    Your welcome.

  • http://www.feastofbeast.com DJBabyBuster

    This is just lame version of streaming to speakers done right by Rocki

    Rocki was a successful kickstarter, shipping out nowish (still waiting on mine). You can order one for $50 that streams Your Own Music from iphone/android/pc over wi-fi. It also does spotify etc if you use those. Plus is has a rechargeable battery for portability. Pretty much slaying the competition in every way.

    Your welcome.

    • PMB01

      Neither of these are by no means “slaying” an AirPort Express. Requires a separate app vs. AirPlay support in most music apps you probably already have and would rather use. AE wins every time.

      • http://www.feastofbeast.com DJBabyBuster

        For those of us with an airport extreme, we’re not going to buy an express as well. Any serious sound system will predate wifi connectivity, so thats out. As for connecting a hard audio minijack, my router happens to be in another room. So instead of running a line around my house to connect to the airport express I don’t own, Rocki streams over wifi anywhere. The rechargeable battery also makes it work with say a boombox outside where an express is useless.

        An express setup is fine if it suits your needs, but Rocki just happens to solve a great many would be express users problems.

      • PMB01

        You don’t speak for everyone with an AirPort Extreme. I have Extremes and 2 Expresses, plus an Apple TV. I can stream whatever music I want to whichever room I want (or all of them) from either iTunes on any computer in my house or any one of our iPhones or iPads with just about any music app. The Express also doubles as a portable router or network extender for purposes besides streaming music. The Express can also do all of this wirelessly (no hard line to the base station necessary, which is how I do it). The Express is far and away a better product than either of these niche, patchwork solutions. Anyone serious about streaming music would get an Express (or Sonos system) instead of these cheapie solutions, which are not going to work for most people.

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