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Motorola Teases Moto Stream, A $50 Music Streaming Bluetooth Thingy (Updated)

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As far as teaser videos go, this one is fairly chock-full of information. Judging by the video release this morning through Motorola’s official YouTube channel, the company is set to launch Moto Stream, a tiny pentagonal prism that connects to your stereo and plays music via Bluetooth. 

If the device evokes images of the ill-fated Nexus Q, that is because it is similar in some ways – up to five devices can connect to it at a time and que music, and it plugs into speakers via what looks like a 3.5mm jack.  It is even replete with multicolored LEDs, so someone at Motorola must have really admired the Q team’s work. Or they thought they could make the concept successful by simplifying connectivity with Bluetooth and wire. Either way, I can’t deny the thing looks awesome.

We know what the device can do, but far less about availability. Personally, I’m hoping this thing  is the Chromecast of music streaming, but we should find out soon enough.

UpdateThat was fast. Motorola has officially unveiled Moto Stream, and it’s even more like the Nexus Q than I thought – it has NFC pairing! Beyond that technical tidbit, Motorola elaborated on the pairing capabilities of the device. It is interoperable with smartphones, tablets, and computers, and has an impressive range of up to 300 feet. Just like the video showed, multiple devices can connect to Moto Stream at once, and people can “heist” – AKA, change the music – at any time.

Moto Stream will retail for $50 at Motorola.com today, and in stores at Radio Shack starting June 6. In the box, you get a 3.5mm to RCA connector.

  • Ryan Laursen

    Several people mentioned using this in their car. I’m under the impression this is mono and amplified… Motorola’s page says speaker… Not speakers. Am I missing something?

  • Ryan Laursen

    No mono for me. Can two be paired for stereo?¿?

  • djdsf
  • JeremyRoenickDanceParty

    Ordered! This will go great with my Bose SoundTouch!

  • https://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnsc chris_johns

    wait…would this work in the car?…bc if it does i migth buy it…nice for a road trip everyone in the car can play a little music

  • hkklife

    Minus the nifty looks and useless (IMO) NFC pairing, this is nothing new. I had something similar from Sony pumping through my stereo a good 7-8 years ago: http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Two-Way-Bluetooth-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B000P9CEV4/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1401827557&sr=1-1&keywords=sony+bluetooth+stereo+adapter

  • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

    i’m just going to drop this right here.
    “Take 10% off to protect, power, listen or talk just because we like you.”

    JUSTBECAUSE10

  • Anthony

    motorola brings heists before rockstar…..

  • C-Law

    I just got a 10% off accessories email from Moto and it works with this. Dropped the price to $44.99

  • d-rock

    If it had say….its own speaker to it, it might be worth it….otherwise it’s kinda gimmicky and will work for some, but definitely not a device for the masses.

  • jstew182

    I wish it was like Sonos to where you could connect to multiple ones at the same time. I know there are other products coming out that do that but this is cheaper.

  • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

    Instant fail.

    • Xillra fe

      why? sounds cool to me.

  • PoisonApple31

    I like “heisting” Chromecasts and renaming them dirty things. Nice idea here, but this is just going to encourage people to stop my music and play crappy Dave Matthews Band!

    • Xillra fe

      change it back, then throw a rock at their phone.
      problem fixed.

  • Sankyou

    You can use JUSTBECAUSE10 for a 10% off discount on the Stream until 7/31. Just confirmed it works but did not pull the trigger.

  • Daistaar

    Looks like a weird successor to Simon.

  • Princesation

    Can this handle phone calls? If not, does anyone know of a Bluetooth receiver that can do phone calls and simultaneous connections?

    I have my nexus 7 docked in my car dash to play music and for navigation. So I connect that to this :
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009NLTW60/ref=s9_simh_gw_p107_d0_i3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=01G519TYYCVY0XNARAEJ&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200382&pf_rd_i=507846

    Problem is it only accepts one connection and so if I get a call on my phone, I can’t legally answer it unless I put it on speaker

  • TMKvamme

    Is there a difference between the moto stream and this http://amzn.com/B009OBCAW2 ?

    If it has the ability to queue and play music from the cloud like chromecast I could see it being worth it. Otherwise the HomeSpot works well and is half the price.

    • EC8CH

      Does the queued playlist stream directly to the device though, or is it still being pulled over bluetooth from the controlling devices?

  • mcdonsco

    You know, I have an adsurdly large music collection, half a TB or so…last time I accessed it? Can’t remember.

    I use Pandora and Google Music 100% of the time now (though I’m annoyed Metallica still isn’t on Google Music, probably because of Lars).

    Should have a poll on who still listens to their mp3 collections…would be interesting.

    • Octopus

      Yeah, I´m not use any of streaming service (just 8tracks sometimes) and I have a large mp3 colection (+/- 600Gb). I use it everyday. :)

      • ToddAwesome

        I remember when I couldn’t remember the last cd I played, now I honestly can’t recall the last time I listened to an mp3.

  • Droid Ronin
    • Joe Oberster

      It’s 1/4 the price.

    • JD_26

      ^^^ that has a built in speaker as well .. where as the stream doesnt .. its just a bluetooth module with an rca out meh!…

      i bought 1 on ebay for 11 dolllars and that does NFC too .. just that it doesnt have ability to pair 5 devices … wouldnt want ppl ‘heist’ing my playlist anyways

  • wtd2009

    want…..once i get a stereo

  • BoFiS

    totally cute and sounds pretty sweet if it can handle 5 paired devices simultaneously, which the Sony BM10 cannot. Though what Bluetooth audio protocols does it support? Can it do aptX?

  • epps720

    How is Chromecast $35 (usually for less) and this thing is $50. Think the price should be in line w/Chromecast

    • hfoster52

      Same feeling. Especially when I hook my chromecast up to my receiver through my HDMI port and I am done.

    • guesswhat

      because google doesnt care about making profit on the device itself ,, and motorola does ..they probably dont expect to sell more than few thousands anyway ..why not make some money on it then? Also 15$ more than chrome cast will not completely polarize people against it, also it serves a different purpose.

    • Cael

      $15 extra for colors that don’t include red.

      • epps720

        Didn’t notice that. 2 of the colors are almost identical as well. So weird

        • Cael

          i know. red yellow green blue purple, not 2 blues lol

  • TheDave1022

    Bluetooth 3.0? Why not 4.0 LE? I guess compatibility, but that does suck.

    • hfoster52

      I thought 4 was backwards compatible with all?

      • TheDave1022

        Pretty sure you cant take advantage of the low energy unless the connected device is also 4.0

  • epps720

    Can they make this any uglier

    • Gr8Ray

      I guess we’re in the minority, because I also think it looks cheesy as hell.

      • epps720

        yeah this thing is HORRIBLE! It looks like a little kids toy, who would want to place this next to their nice receiver. Should have made it look like a mini Nexus Q

    • Jpx

      Couldn’t agree more.

  • EC8CH

    Why do we need a $50 chromecast of music streaming when my $35 chromecast already does music streaming?

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      some speakers dont have hdmi ports.
      and its nice to have a solo music device not connected to my tv, no art work, just sound.

      • EC8CH

        or a wifi network available… Point is this product shouldn’t really be compared to the chromecast. Instead it should be compared to the numerous third party bluetooth bridges that are already on the market.

        • Tony Byatt

          Did you just question then answer yourself?

          • EC8CH

            I’m just pointing out the line “I’m hoping this thing is the Chromecast of music streaming” is misleading for those who don’t understand how these products function.

            This is a different product than the chromecast, that functions more similarly to other 3rd party bluetooth bridges.

          • Tony Byatt

            Gotcha…

    • Nathan Bryant

      So I assume you play all your music through your tv then?

  • http://www.buffalonerd.com/ John

    1) Do I only have to use Google Music?
    2) It’d be nice if people could queue songs instead of just taking over

  • PSU_DI

    How’s the NFC pairing supposed to work for iOS or android smartphones that don’t support NFC like the Moto G??

    • Justin Foster

      There are those little nfc thingys you can put on a non-NFC phones, but idk if it’ll work with this. Otherwise, use Bluetooth

      • Xillra fe

        Link?

  • Justin Foster

    Moto Music Rubix would have been a greater name I think.

    • michael arazan

      A rubics cube with 36 mini speakers

  • W. Paul Schenck

    I bought something like this for my car last year, except it doesn’t have the cool lights. It also only const $25.

    • Gr8Ray

      “It also only const $25.”
      LOL, are you a programmer?

  • Ryan Gullett

    Buy Moto Stream… get all da women??

  • David Caccavo

    HEIST IT! the Moto-stream has a particular set of skills

    • Xillra fe

      My Payday 2 skills will finally come in handy!

  • teevirus

    I am interested in this for use in my car. I like the ability to create shared playlists using Google Music in party situations. I wish they would add that feature to the Chrome Cast. It will all come down to price for me. It shouldn’t cost more than the chromecast.

  • Justin Foster

    For only 50 bucks? I’m sold. Great gifting range too.

  • http://www.scaryuncledevin.com/ Devin Rodriguez

    I spent $20 on a Bluetooth streamer on Amazon that also has NFC for pairing. If the only thing that makes this better is that multiple things can be connected at once and take over on demand, I think I’ll pass.

    • Justin Foster

      Yea, but this is Motorola. They make some good quality audio products.

      • Gr8Ray

        Also if they rolled in AptX support, even better audio quality.

  • r2DoesInc

    Optical or gtfo. My surround sound isnt just for movies.

    • Gr8Ray

      I actually like that it has analog outputs, because that would allow me to use it on my AVR’s Zone 2 input, unlike my chromecast which I’m currently running through an HDMI Audio Extractor to get RCA outputs for Zone 2, at significantly lower volume.

  • Vijay Nlsn Raj
  • NeilOMalley

    Now with double the on screen keys!

    • NUTELLACHAOS

      It must be a preview of the Moto X+1!

    • On2Vegas

      LOL!! Serious Photoshop fail.

    • monkeyboyep

      Then it’s fixed in the next shot. LOL.

      Not to start anything…but unless she has small hands, that’s a little big to be a Moto X.

      • Steveo

        No it doesn’t.

    • ddpacino

      Not sure why companies are so bad with photoshop. A real photo of the phone in use is a bad idea..?

    • aQuickBit

      Clearly it has 3 capacitive buttons and 3 software buttons so you have more options on your Moto X. “You get to choose, only by Motorola™”

  • seven2k
    • monkeyboyep

      Tap to pair, now that’s cool. Wish my BT Speaker had that.

      • anezarati

        the beats pill and some of the newer bluetooth speakers let you connect to it via NFC. it basically just activates your bluetooth and pairs when you tap it,

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Mini Nexus Q? . . . And quite frankly if you need to connect it to an actual speaker system this is silly.

    • Xillra fe

      why would it be silly? plenty of people of speaker systems in their house.

  • NUTELLACHAOS

    Damn Kyle, you’re fast as hell.

    • Kyle Wiggers

      Thanks, but you can’t give me all the credit. Kellen helped. :)

  • Mordecaidrake

    Neat! But I basically use my Chromecast for this.

    • Alan Paone

      Was about to say, doesn’t the chromecast pretty much do this?

      • nate

        Some people have stereos and others may want to watch TV with music in the background.

      • duke69111

        Yes, but with my setup, I must have my tv turned on as I don’t have a receiver in the setup. This would plug directly into my soundbar.

    • Kyle Wiggers

      Not everyone has a receiver with HDMI inputs. :(

  • MichaelFranz

    Moto Nexus Q Squared?

  • JimmyHACK

    Nexus Q LIVES!!!!

  • Shane Redman

    THE NEXUS Q LIVES!

    • JimmyHACK

      LOL, we are a mess.

      • Shane Redman

        Very much so haha