Jan 21, 2015
Which SoundTouch speakers? Specifically, which model numbers will support it? This bit me with my Lifestyle Series 1 systems. Was going to support Sound Touch, then ony Series 2, and then only with a dongle. I've been waiting as I have 4 Sound Touch speakers. They're great, but the AirPlay only works so so. I've been hopeful for a long time, but it's looking like Bose is less and less serious about updating old products, and if I'm going to upgrade, I'm going to a company that is willing to update older products. It'd be great to integrate my lifestyle systems, but that doesn't appear to be in the cards for bose unless I buy an entire new system.
Jan 17, 2017
Oct 5, 2014
I am starting to think that Bose does not want repeat customers. They price thier products so high and once you have it don't expect them ever to give you and update for it. You need to buy a new one.
I started buying homepods from Apple. Thats 4 sales so far Bose has lost.
Nov 12, 2015
Apple has been kind enough to release a firmware update for their Airport Express to make it Airplay 2 compatible
A product that was released over 5 years ago in 2013 that was recently discontinued but has support pledged for another 5 years - Quality that they do this for a $100 product and a reason why Apple maintain customer loyalty
After reading this post I immediately went to my Mac, launched Airport utility and there they were, two Airport Express icons ready to be updated. One click on each - updated! Then on to my iPad Pro to see if it could recognize the AE routers as AirPlay 2 speakers - voila! The AE routers were now listed with check circles along with my new Apple TV v4. My older Apple TVs don’t appear to be AirPlay 2 ready.
Back to the Airport Express routers. All working fine. I can now deploy multiroom control of those devices, plugged into the back of my Sound Touch 30s, from my iPad. Not a huge gain for me as I had multiroom control from my Mac for some time and more recently via the AUX ports on the SoundTouch speakers using the SoundTouch software.
Let’s see what Bose do - still no possible model list or release insightful for Airplay 2
Bose has promised AirPlay 2 on it now legacy SoundTouch gear and I expect they will deliver. I suspect this is going to be combined with Siri support. In the meantime seems my choice to go with Airport Express to get Apple Music over AirPlay remains a sound one.
But a mysterious new product and eco system announced - Bose Home and Bose Music - with no mention of SoundTouch
Definately too bad Bose Home and Music isn’t available on legacy SoundTouch speakers, that would have been really nice but that is how consumer tech goes. Apple did exactly the same thing with its line of routers. They are discontinued in favour of Home Pod and AppleTV all tied together with AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.
Let’s see how interesting this gets...
Indeed, lots of coolness to look forward too!
For those who are following this thread, but haven't seen the product announcement, I recommend you head over to the official product announcement community post:
Like many of you, I am not happy with how this is being handled, and I am hoping that the overwhelmingly negative feedback will reach the ears of someone who knows what they are doing over at Bose.
Mar 24, 2018