Get a Pioneer Music Tap AirPlay Music System for $99.99
Shipped! This sweet home stereo streams music over Wi-Fi from a variety of sources, including iDevices and Internet radio stations.
This is an update of a deal I wrote about earlier this year.
If you own an iDevice, you've got access to an embarrassment of music-streaming app riches. To name a few: Pandora, Slacker, Spotify, and my new favorite, which streams music based on your mood or activity.
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Of course, to really make the most of those kinds of apps, you need a powerful stereo to which you can beam those tunes. Like, say, this one: Today only, and while supplies last, Newegg has the Pioneer X-SMC3-S Music Tap AirPlay Music System for $99.99 shipped when you apply coupon code EMCYTZT2279. It sells elsewhere for $149 and up -- and the last time I wrote about it, it was $179.99.
Update: Sold out, I'm afraid. But do keep checking in case Newegg makes more inventory available. It's been known to happen.
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The X-SMC3-S is a home stereo system for folks who have moved beyond CDs. It features a 30-pin (i.e. non-Lightning) dock for iPhones and iPods, one that stows away when not in use. It also supports AirPlay -- Apple's wireless-streaming technology -- meaning you can listen to music stored not only on your iDevices, but also on your PCs.
Of course, if you do use your iDevice, you don't have to dock it: you can control the player right from the phone or tablet and stream your playlists over Wi-Fi. It's not unlike a Sonos system, except that it's much cheaper. (It's also cheaper than many Bluetooth speakers, most of which aren't even in the same ballpark, size- and feature-wise.)
Not invested in the Apple ecosystem? The Pioneer player can also stream music from Internet radio stations, Android phones and tablets, and anything else that's DLNA 1.5-certified. An optional Bluetooth adapter expands its capabilities even further.
The system sports a pair of 20-watt speakers and a 2.5-inch color LCD that displays album art, song information, and the like. I haven't seen one up close and personal, but in photos it looks mighty sweet. (If you have any firsthand experience with the X-SMC3-S, tell me about it in the comments.)
At $399, the original list price, this would be way too rich for my cheapskate blood. But $99.99? That's a pretty outstanding deal, especially now that we're sliding into holiday shopping season.
Bonus deal: Speaking of wireless speakers, Tech.Woot has the Sylvania ML-1 MusicLites speaker system for $179.99, plus $5 for shipping. This starter kit comes with two LED light-bulb speakers, which screw into any standard recessed socket, plus your choice of wireless transmitter and a remote. I've been sorely tempted to try these out, but the original $350 price for a one-bulb starter kit was a big fat no-go. Woot's price is a lot more palatable.
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