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Google tried and failed to create a wireless home music streamer two years ago for $200. Now, Motorola may have the answer for one quarter of the price. Even better: It doesn’t just work with Android devices.

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Motorola is making it easier to wirelessly stream music throughout your home with any devices that support Bluetooth. The company launched its Moto Stream device on Tuesday for $49.99, letting you link up to five phones or tablets to play music over the air. Moto Stream is similar to Google’s far more expensive $199 Nexus Q that launched but was quickly pulled from market in 2012.

Like the Nexus Q, you connect your own wired speakers to the Moto Stream for playback, effectively turning your woofers and tweeters into wireless speakers. You can play purchased music or tunes from streaming services such as Spotify, Google Music and Pandora.

I like the idea of Heist Mode which connects multiple devices to the unique looking music streamer: It lets several people play DJ to spin tunes. Pairing devices to the Moto Stream can be done through simple NFC tapping to simplify the connection process. Motorola says that if your device supports Bluetooth Class 1, you can control the Moto Stream from up to 300 feet away. The device works with Android, Windows and iOS phones, tablets and laptops, so unlike the Nexus Q this isn’t an Android-only concert.

  1. Steve Kuker Tuesday, June 3, 2014

    For sure this isn’t your fathers Motorola…

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  2. This is nothing at all like Nexus Q. At all….
    This is a BT adaptor that adds BT functionality to speakers, like many others existing devices, including from known brands like Logitech.
    The Q was an audio/video internet connected device that took the content from the internet, like chromecast.

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    1. Both streamed music, hence my comment that they are similar devices.

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      1. Like a window is similar to a tablet because they both display images.
        A BT adaptor is a replacement for a cable while Q was a stand alone media streamer.
        I guess the broad definition for “streaming”is confusing you.

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        1. The only confusing aspect is why it matters that much to you. ;) Thanks!

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      2. Robbie McConnell Tuesday, June 3, 2014

        Seriously?

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  3. How is this different from the Airport Express units that I love so much? Granted, they’re terrible for audio other than what’s in iTunes.

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  4. I’ve never had a bluetooth audo transmitter I’ve been really happy with. Not that I’ve tried dozens so maybe it was just my luck of the draw.
    I’d be more interested to see Google include a DAC and audio outputs on an alternate or V2 of Chromecast. I know there are third party solutions but I think it would be great if it was built in.
    One thing about this Moto Stream that I think is probably misleading is the notion that it converts any speaker. The Q had amplification, which is partly why it was higher priced. I doubt very much this does. So it really will on convert speakers which are powered. I think that could confuse a lot of people actually.

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  5. I’m in. Especially if it supports class 1 for extended range.

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