Why even bother with streaming from the main PC/iTnes library when you could simply play music directly from an iPod via a dock/etc. Why mess with Airplay (etc.) when you really only want something quick and easy to use for listening. The apps are there for you too as desired. So my vote is, iPod touch connected either to a basic speaker dock, or, if you are interested in much better sound quality, to a full fledged AV receiver & speakers. Done.
I'm looking for some device for listening to music at home but I don't really know where to start. Everyone I know just uses iTunes or Spotify on their computer, hooked up to some decent speakers maybe. The problem is I can't stand this method of consuming music. Normally if there's a moment where I want to listen to music, I just want it to be easy. My computer might not already be on, or I might be using it for something else and don't want iTunes running in the background distracting me.
What kind of home audio systems do people use these days that are separate from their PC? Surely the idea of a full hi-fi system is a bit outdated? I feel like an ipod dock with a built in radio is what I need, but is this sort of set up a bit technologically backward now?
I have found a number of iPod docks that are clearly designed to be more up to date and "connected". Features such as AirPlay, and internet radio streaming over wifi for example. Is this the kind of thing I should be looking at?
I'm in the UK and my budget is up to £150.