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iHome Readies AirPlay Speaker, iPod Speaker

1/06/2011 12:01:00 AM Eastern
LAS VEGAS — SDI Technologies is launching multiple iHome-branded audio products, including the iA63 iPod/iPhone speaker with motorized rotating dock and the brand’s first AirPlay-equipped speaker system.

The AirPlay system is the $299-suggested iPod/ iPhone-docking iW1, a one-piece AC/DC speaker that streams music and metadata via Wi-Fi from a PC’s iTunes application and from the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The handheld devices can also be used as RF remotes to select PC-stored songs for streaming.

AirPlay supports streaming to multiple Air- Play-equipped devices simultaneously.

The iHome device comes with a stand-alone iPhone/iPod dock that connects via the USB cable packaged with iPhones and iPods. It will ship sometime in early 2011 and could be the first AirPlay speaker on the market, a spokesman said.

The $99.99-suggested iA63 iPod/iPhone speaker features a button that consumers press to engage a motor that rotates a Touch or iPhone into portrait or landscape mode. The system incorporates FM, alarm clock, 100/240-volt universal power adapter, compatibility with a free alarm clock app, and compatibility with a $1.99 Internet radio app that lets users wake to Internet radio stations.
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