Diamond heeft creatief lopen doen en is op het idee gekomen om de expertise die zijn daar inmiddels met portable MP3 players en wireless networking kits hebben opgedaan in een pot te prakken. Het resultaat is een MP3 jukebox, die via staartloze, digitale verbindingen een compleet huis van muziek kan voorzien:
The company now sees MP3 music played on digital jukeboxes as the most compelling application for home networking. Households who may see no immediate need for connecting their refrigerator to their television to their computer may very well be compelled to set up a network to enable high-quality audio piped to every room without additional wires or cables, the thinking goes. "This actually solves a problem people have," said Reed. "Music has a broad appeal--I bet that almost 100 percent of people like music." In a house with disparate music tastes, one digital jukebox could simultaneously pump different music into each room of the house, without rewiring the home for additional speakers or stereo equipment, he said.
The company is working on such a digital jukebox, he said, expected to be released in about a year. This type of home stereo would offer enough memory to house an entire family's music collection. This jukebox would be connected to digital speakers via power line network products-from Diamond, hopefully-which would then allow a family to play different songs in different rooms of the house simultaneously, from the same stereo. To be successful, the company must convince consumers that the ability to play digital music throughout their home is compelling enough to invest in the time and expense of creating a home network. But that proposition is increasingly innocuous: with the advent of power line and wireless networking, the task of connecting appliances and devices is much less arduous than it was even a few years ago, analysts say.