What’s a Wifi Wiki Hifi? Imagine that a cafe has both wireless net access and a net-linked stereo. Just like a Wiki website lets visitors edit its pages, such a sound system would let walk-in visitors mix its audio playlist. (See this entry from about a year ago for the genesis of this idea.)
Now, News.com reports on a new class of wireless appliances that connect to TVs and stereos rather than traditional computers. Especially noteworthy is the new Linksys WMA11B Wireless-B Media Adapter. In a single box, it pulls together *almost* all the pieces needed for a Wifi Wiki Hifi.
(One relevant shortcoming of the Linksys device is that as shipped, it only grabs shared media files from a single master host on the local network. So, at least until Linksys — or some clever hacker — relaxes this requirement, community playlist contributions would have to be routed through a shared drop-folder on a stable master host.)
The only real impediment here is that if you want to get technical, such dynamic unlicensed music sharing and performance is illegal.
So set up a Wifi Wiki Hifi in your local shared place, and you’ll have fun fun fun ’til the lawyers take the music away.
Do you want your Wifi Wiki Hifi?