On Wednesday at
Macworld Conference &Expo,
announced a redesigned version of its HomePod, which allows you to transmit your iTunes playlists from your Macs to devices located elsewhere in your home or office. The company is showing off the device all week at their Expo booth (#646) and says that it will ship in late March with a US$199 price tag.
HomePod links to your network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet and looks for available playlists on all the Macs it finds. It then offers them up on an LCD screen and allows you to browse and select the music you want to play over its internal speakers or on a home stereo with its stereo output jacks. You can even hook one up to a Mac or a storage device through its USB port and turn it into a server for other HomePod clients.
The device also includes an infrared remote control and its Unicode support allows you to display music information in multiple languages. HomePod supports both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.