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.