Are you ready to start shopping for your holiday gifts? Consumer electronics companies definitely are ready for you to get out there, and many of them want you to add an internet-connected loudspeaker to your list. The only problem: There are tons of different products available, and very few of them play well together.
The potential and pitfalls of connected speakers
The idea behind a connected loudspeaker is a simple as it is powerful: Connected speakers can access online music services like [company]Pandora[/company], [company]Spotify[/company] or [company]Beats Music[/company] straight from the internet. Most people have been accessing these services either directly on their computers or mobile devices, or by piping music from their phones to Bluetooth-enabled loudspeakers.
However, Bluetooth is severely limited — take your device more than a few feet away from the speaker, and the connection drops. Get a call, and your speaker may jump into teleconferencing mode, blasting…
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