Olive has just launched the Olive One project ($399), a home music device that looks great and comes with the latest refinements in terms of home music appliances: touch controls, LCD display, built-in storage (6000 albums), network connectivity and multi-room support (play the same, or different songs).
The Olive One’s industrial is striking and this is something that users will want to show, rather than hide. Interestingly, this project is funded on the Indiegogo platform, which means that it won’t be finalized before Olive reaches its $200,000 funding goal (read the fine prints if you’re going to support this). On the other hand, the project is still in its final phase and backers can leave feedback that may affect the final product.
Olive One is compatible with Spotify, iTunes, Pandora and seems compatible with DLNA devices as well. the goal of Olive One is to unify all your music service in one simple interface. I really like the fast user interface that lets you search music by title, album, author etc… the touch screen does wonders here.
Finally, the Olive One does not need to be plugged to a sound system, thanks to the optional stackable speaker. The same stackable idea can also be used to add a cylindrical LED light. If that’s important to you, the Olive One will be manufactured in the USA.