Pioneer Announces Two AirPlay-Compatible Shelf Systems

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Pioneer has announced a pair of new iPod dock/shelf systems that are fully AirPlay compatible. The Pioneer X-SMC3-S Music Tap and X-SMC4-K Elite Music Tap both connect via Wi-Fi to AirPlay enabled iOS apps, and also include a pop-out dock for charging and syncing of compatible iOS devices.

In addition to Wi-Fi connectivity via AirPlay, the Music Taps include Aux-In, a USB port for connecting flash or USB hard drives with music files onboard, and the Elite model includes built-in Bluetooth for additional connectivity options.

The pair will be available in October, with the SMC3 for $399 and the Pioneer Elite SMC4 for $479.

(Hat tip to Gizmodo)

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119 months ago

I use the built in bluetooth in my car. Works well 99% of the time, no need for airplay or wifi.

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I would love to rip out my SYNC system for something like this, but I have yet found a way to do that...


I've considered bluetooth audio, but I've heard complaints on sound quality... at least for in headphone use.

SYNC seems really cool though. I'd consider it.

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You'll want to charge it, no? Might want to hang on to the 30-pin after all.


Point being that Apple's been talking about cutting the cord, talk of micro usb standard charging in Europe, and Thunderbolt potentially replacing a lot of the existing functionality, I wouldn't be shocked if a future (6th gen?) iPhone would suddenly not have the classic 30-pin.

After all, there's nothing sacred about the 30-pin adapter... it's pin-out has changed before.

I'll still charge with it, but perhaps I wouldn't want it being the method of communication with my stereo.
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119 months ago
I believe you can do AirPlay over Bluetooth
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