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Olive ONE
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  • Rated 4.5 stars
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  • Olive ONE
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  • Last modified: Nov 9, 2013

Review Summary:

PROS: Very nice idea. Simple, yet effective design.

CONS: Perhaps too ambitious for a start-up project, but it will be nice to see it fulfills all its goals.

Looking retrospectively, the popularity of iPod line led to a whole new trend in music industry which was inspired by a will which people had to buy, download and listen their music on their portable device. For Apple, this led to iTunes store and high profits, but for music and IT industry, this led to thousands of different mp3 players, digital stores and streaming services, as well as introduction of cloud computing paired with music-related features. All of this created a chaotic situation where you have your iPod or any other mp3 device, and you buy music from iTunes, import your own music from CDs and most of use also use at least one streaming service. So it is pretty much clear how difficult it can be to easily bring all this music to a single device and to effortlessly manage it.

Currently, there are several companies which are working on a hardware and a software solution to this problem. Some are offering applications whose mission is to import all your local and cloud music, while some are building more advanced hardware units which also feature wireless speaker units.

Recently, a small start-up company unveiled their plans for a new device which is actually a HD music player which simultaneously streams music from several different sources. This product is called Olive ONE, and is currently in a fund raising stage by a San Francisco company called One Media. Even though this music player is still in a fund-raising phase, during which you can also contribute – as a future user, it captured a lot of attention. Many popular publications wrote about it, such as The New York Times and Wired.

Olive ONE is a relatively small circular device, which features sleek and elegant contours. It will be made of aluminum with a glass hub, which featured touchscreen display. Its connectivity options are Bluetooth 4.0 as well as Wi-Fi (802.11n).

This device will be able to automatically stream music for services like Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, Songza and many other services, as well as music that you own in your iTunes library, as a local copy. This way, you can use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to stream music from your computer, smartphone or tablet and play it through Olive ONE. Later on, there are plans to introduce a bigger cylindrical wireless speaker which could added beneath Olive ONE, so it creates one bigger product.

Since this is quite an interesting device, we suggest you to visit its fund raising page on IndieGoGo website, where you can read more about it and donate in case you like it. This will also give you an option to get a customized Olive ONE once its hits the shelves.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. The “small start-up company” you are talking about (Olive Media) is actually quite a big name in streaming HiFi equipment. This company has launched some very well-acclaimed streamers in the last few years, like the Olive HD-series.

      • That’s not an excuse for not researching your story. Olive isn’t just about jumping on the iTunes bandwagon, they support 24/192 files and their DACs are capable of making music from iTunes sound like the overpriced abomination it is. Most Olive users actually rip their CDs as either full WAV or FLAC files. Even the most recent Olive products didn’t support ALAC, so their products seem to be for music lovers, not the iTunes crowd. Maybe this is why you had never heard of them.

        • Yes, we definitely belong to the group of iTunes users 🙂 Since we usually only review the products and not the company, there has been some confusion this time. We will try to avoid this in future articles.

  2. The product is very over-priced for what it is relative to the competition. Squeezebox Touch has a huge fan base and costed $250. The base Olive One costs $500 and does the exact same thing. Their is a huge opportunity for Olive One to capture the Squeezebox Touch community as Logitech dropped the Squeezebox in 2013.

    Their problem is the product sits in the middle of the market and trying to serve two demographics. Based on the current base model spec, the price point should be $200-$300 to serve the typical low-fi iTunes type user that is looking for an all-in-one solution. For the mid-fi to audiophile user they will use this simply as an interface to digital music and will by-pass the internal DAC and AMP, again making the price too high for what they will use it for.

    Seems like a great product, but missing the price point to match the right demographic. Perhaps they came in very high because their other HD products start at $1000 and go up from there.

    I think a mac-mini is a better alternative for the price. Think about that for a second, you can buy a mac-mini for $599 and get a full computer to use as a media server or get a Olive One for the same price. What would you do? The answer is easy = mac mini. Now if the Olive One base unit was $250, then I think it would be a good buy.

    Note – I have chatted with several squeezebox touch users (I am one myself), we would all buy a Olive One at $250 – not one said they would buy it at $500.

  3. This company is not a new start up I have one of there
    Earlier products which by the way is very good 04HD
    but when I had a problem recently they didn’t want to know
    Just kept trying to persuade me to buy there new olive one
    What I think by the way is no where near as good as there 04HD
    There customer service is dreadfull and don’t care about
    Previous customers with older equipment
    I Would not go near any of there future products

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