Harman International’s JBL brand has added a new home speaker product that offers wireless playback without a Bluetooth connection. The JBL Playlist has Google Chromecast built in, which means owners of the speaker can use the it to stream music, radio, or podcasts from their other devices. The speaker can also work with the Google Home voice-activated speaker.
It seems likely that wireless speakers and voice controls will become an even more potent tool for hardware companies over the coming year. Audio content services will likely be increasingly active in seeking out partnerships and adding support for those technologies.