Why the iPod Hi-Fi still rocks my house

Music has always been a big part of my life. Growing up I always had the music on while I was driving or studying.

But recently I found I was listening to music less and less. I think it’s because of two things:

  1. I use a laptop now, and the sound quality of laptop speakers sucks.
  2. If I want to play music through my living room stereo, it’s too much work. There are too many steps involved. I have to turn on multiple components and navigate the AppleTV interface.

I miss the days when all I had to do was hit “play” on a stereo. The simplicity of that hasn’t been matched by any product following the move to digital music formats.

Why the iPod Hi-Fi

My iPod Hi-Fi is hooked up to an Airport Express, so I can stream music to it wirelessly from my laptop, phone, or iPad.

It doesn’t have a power button. It doesn’t have any buttons. It’s always on and I never need to touch it. Just hit play (on my phone).

It’s beautiful. It’s a design piece on my dresser.

And it sounds great. Really great. iPhones and iPads are getting smaller and lighter, but speakers shouldn’t. The iPod Hi-Fi weighs 15 pounds and that’s a good thing. It has *bass*.

You just can’t get good sound out of something smaller.

The Hi-Fi wasn’t a successful product when it launched. But I love mine.

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