Fred Wilson talking about how he loves to allow anyone in the car to control the audio over the bluetooth connection and comparing that to AirPlay in his home:

But that doesn’t support Android phones and not all third party mobile apps support Airplay. Airplay is not ubiquitous in the way that Bluetooth is.

After realizing how awesome bluetooth is he bought an adapter to use at home:

I am betting that by replicating the experience they have in the car in our home, they will take control of our home music system with their phones in the same way they do in our car.

I am betting they are going to love streaming 1080p videos over that bluetooth connection… wait.

Bluetooth is more “open” than AirPlay, but to say that it is better? Hmmm, I think not.

For starters you aren’t going to be streaming HD video over bluetooth. Secondly and most importantly: you need not pair AirPlay. Anyone can walk into my home and as long as they are on my network (most friends and family are setup to be already) they can AirPlay audio and video to my TV. That’s awesome and let’s face it, the majority of people that come into my home have iOS devices, not Android.

Here’s another reality: while bluetooth will likely be OK for those that live in the home, it’s going to be a pain in the ass to pair a new phone for those that come and visit. The moment will have passed, if you will, by the time you are setup and ready to go.

I just don’t see the benefit of this move unless you are an Android only family — which I think Wilson is heavily invested1 in Android.


  1. Not in the $$$ sense. 


Posted by Ben Brooks