Suggestion - Bose Music Hub
I was wondering with the recent Smart Home vs SoundTouch debate, I much prefer the design and sound of the SoundTouch line but it's frustrating that no new features or services are being added.
The reason seems to be that SoundTouch doesn't have the memory to support new services, in which case would it not make sense to release a Bose Music Hub box?
The Music Hub could be a small box, much like an Apple TV that houses all the 'smart technology' to support a wide range of services and could provide a Wifi Hotspot (mesh to more Hubs) for the SoundTouch speakers and Smart Home speakers. This would allow both to be integrated and allow additional services to be provided to both lines without having to update the internal memory / CPU.
The Music Hub could also provide a USB port for extrnal hard drive to add local music library?
I think if Bose was to develop something like this so SoundTouch users can access Apple Music and additional services, while also integrating the new Smart Home line and delivering a mesh Wifi network it would go a long way to fixing the mess caused by two incompatible line-ups. In addition, it would also solve a lot of the problems customers have with wifi, etc.
This way, the app could communicate with the hub directly and the hub can control the speakers and send the streaming information over to the speaker, no matter if it's Smart Home or SoundTouch.
This solution would bring Bose somewhat ahead of the competition by having a central control system that can be upgraded, supported and maintained outside of the line of speakers allowing for better product longevity. I'm pretty sure many customers would be happy to spend for this solution long as it solves a lot of the issues and delivers a great customer experience. You could add additional features that are saved on the Hub and make it easier for new customers to use their personal libary by not having to have a NAS - just connect a ext4 or FAT32 external with your music files to the hub. Easy 🙂
The Smart Home product does not work for me, I do not want Alexa in the speaker itself and there isn't a wireless receiver like the SoundTouch Link so I can't connect to my existing powered speakers with the new platform. If you introduced a Bose Music Hub solution then you CAN integrate the line-up and allow both to work with all music services rather than being restricted by hardware capabilities on the speaker itself.
Let me know your thoughts and I really do hope Bose consider this as an option.