Why you should care

Because you know you need this for all your summer fetes.

In 2004, Apple released one of the first devices to let you stream music wirelessly over a home network: the Apple Extreme Express. Since then, streaming audio has evolved into an endless number of devices that allow users to listen to music without crisscrossing wires across the home. Bluetooth connected speakers make it as easy as tapping a switch on your mobile phone’s settings or even physically tapping a phone on a compatible device.

But going Bluetooth for your speaker needs often has drawbacks — subpar sound quality and a range of only about 30 or so feet before the sound starts to cut out.

The ROCKI music streaming device offers a similar solution to the now-prehistoric Apple Extreme Express. But it’s better: no headphone jack, no Bluetooth. It’s speakers on your Wi-Fi.

It plugs into the AUX of any system and is ready to go. An Android app (iOS is on the way) connects your phone/tablet to the ROCKI and controls the music. Multiple ROCKI devices can be controlled with one phone/tablet and one ROCKI can be controlled with multiple phones and tablets. That makes it extra handy for parties and listening to music in different rooms.

In addition to your mobile’s playlist, online music services like Spotify, SoundCloud and Last.fm are supported. Also works with PC and Mac and the Rocki doesn’t care which file format you throw at it. MP3s play with no problem, as well as the audiophile-favorite format, FLAC. The ROCKI lasts about four hours per charge and comes in seven different colors at $49 a pop.

Bring on the parties, from picnic to dorm room.

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