THE GOOD: The Bose Sound Touch 20 II allows you to wirelessly connect to popular music streaming apps that you already use everyday such as, Pandora and Spotify. This device is equipped with six customizable buttons that can be programmed to play music from a network attached storage drive or from a playlist or radio station from the aforementioned streaming apps.
THE BAD: This speaker is large and cumbersome. If you desire portability in a speaker check out the Bose Sound Touch Portable that is equipped with a rechargeable battery that lasts a little over 2 hours at max volume.
THE VERDICT: This is a great speaker and a sound investment (pun intended).
I purchased this as a gift for my wife for $350 bucks from a national big box store. I grew tired of having to always pair and unpair her iPad, iPhone, laptop, blackberry, and so on. Not only did I have to make sure that the devices were connected, but I also had to ensure that the device was fully charged. Plugging in her devices was starting to become part of my nightly routine. I'm not going to even speak about the music content. Music Streaming apps and the latest single from the Empire Soundtrack were not uniformly saved across multiple mobile devices. So, when she wanted to hear "You're so Beautiful" by Lucious Lyons and the whole crew -- I was stuck wading through devices to find it. I simply wanted something that was easy to use. Something that could be easy as pressing a button.
After some initial minor tinkering at first with the Sound Touch app on her iPad not only was she able to effortlessly able to stream music from her favorite Pandora and Spotify sections. She has a customized button for Dinner, Yoga, and when she get's up in the morning to prepare for work.
This piece of technology has truly simplified our music listening experience. I love it when technology reduces complexity. The Bose Sound Touch 20 meets all the requirements.