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Wireless gizmo for PC music hits home

Creative Technology launches a product that turns a PC into a music system that can be controlled remotely from anywhere in the house.

Singapore's Creative Technology on Tuesday unveiled a product that lets customers use Wi-Fi technology to remotely play MP3 and Windows Media Audio files stored on a computer from anywhere in the home.

The new Sound Blaster Wireless Music system uses either the 802.11b or 802.11g wireless standard to connect to a PC, the company said. The digital receiver can be hooked up to power speakers, home stereos and home theater systems.

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One PC can be linked to up to four Sound Blaster receivers at the same time. The system features a remote control and LCD (liquid-crystal display) screen to help consumers navigate through music files on a PC. It comes with Creative's MediaSource software CD for organizing music collections and preparing song lists.

The company said consumers can view their music on the remote display, so they won't need a television--which is normally required for music navigation. The remote uses radio frequency technology that can be used even when the receiver is not in line of sight.

The Sound Blaster Wireless Music system costs approximately $249.99 and is available on Creative's Web site. The product will be offered at other online and retail outlets in October 2003.