In my kitchen there's a big ol' Fluance speaker dock. It's great except for one thing: no Bluetooth. If I want to listen to music, I have to dock my iPhone. And if I want to change apps or playlists, I have to go over to the thing and interact (awkwardly) with the screen while it's docked.
That's why I've always been a fan of Bluetooth speakers, which let me kick back and enjoy my tunes while keeping my phone close at hand. Thankfully, now I can retrofit my Fluance.
For a limited time, and while supplies last, Tanga has the XtremeMac BT Connect Bluetooth Audio Receiver for $9.99, plus $4.99 for shipping. That's without question one of the best deals I've seen on a Bluetooth receiver, and this one in particular has a list price of $59.95!
It works like this: Just plug the BT Connect into the 3.5mm audio-in jack on your home stereo, car stereo, or standalone speaker. Then pair it with any music source that supports Bluetooth A2DP: Android phone, iPhone, most tablets, etc. (Although XtremeMac's product page mentions only Apple products, rest assured it's compatible with Android and other platforms as well.)
Now you can beam your tunes from the app or library of your choice. For example, I'm a big fan of. (And it continues to do so ad-free, which I find amazing.) But I could just as easily play songs from Pandora, Spotify, or my own MP3 collection. This even works with game and movie audio -- pretty much anything you'd normally hear on your device's speakers or headphones, you can hear on your newly Bluetooth-ified speaker.
The BT Connect is new, not refurbished, and it comes with a pair of AAA batteries -- good for up to 20 hours of play time, according to XtremeMac. The only wrinkle is that I've yet to find any useful reviews of the product. But XtremeMac makes pretty good stuff, and if this thing lists for 60 bucks, I'm confident it must be decent.
And, hey, for less than $15 out the door, it's worth a try, right? I think this is an especially attractive option if you have a car stereo with a line-in jack but not Bluetooth.
Bonus deal: Another impressive game bundle from BundleStars: Ten indie games for $5.07 (or any higher price you want to pay), with a portion of the proceeds going to charity. There's a little of everything here: racing, puzzles, strategy, horror, combat, dungeon crawling, and so on. Oh, and the mystery title (the 10th game in the bundle) is a first-person shooter. That's an awful lot of entertainment for a five spot.
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