Olive One

Olive One music streamer due in 2013 for $399

Olive Media is launching its most affordable streaming music system in 2013 -- and it's turning to crowdsourcing site IndieGoGo to help prime the preorder pump.

The new Olive One is an audio streamer with a distinctive circular design housing a 7-inch capacitive touch screen. Like Olive's current product line, the One can stream from music libraries housed on networked PCs or network attached storage (NAS) devices; the built-in Pandora and Spotify apps (with more to follow); music libraries housed on the internal hard drive (found on the more expensive models); or app-based music services on tablets, smartphones, and handhelds via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi direct streaming.

Happily, unlike Olive's current lineup -- which starts at a hefty $1,499 -- the One's starting price is a reasonable $399. Versions with built-in 1TB and 2TB hard drives will cost $499 and $599, respectively. Those built-in hard drives will also be accessible to users remotely, enabling what Olive calls a "subscription-free home cloud" of online music.

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