I have an old Philips stereo, it sounds lovely with crisp, crackle-free audio, it used to be my alarm clock and saw daily use playing CDs but has languished in my living room, underused, being merely decorative for many years. It has a cassette deck along with the CD player, it doesn’t have an iPod dock or even a 3.5mm input jack. First the cassettes gave way to CDs and now MP3s are the norm, perhaps it could have been the end for my humble stereo.
But no, I was not prepared to give up its audio abilities that easily. Now it is an amplifier, with some adaptors and a bluetooth receiver attached to its rear it has a new lease of life. I have just about finished uploading my 6,300 track music library to Google Play Music and as such can play any of my collection via my Nexus 7 tablet over bluetooth onto my venerable old stereo. The old Philips now effectively has a touchscreen remote interface and access to six-thousand searchable tracks, all of which sound as good (to me at least) as they did when I first listened to them on that same stereo on the days I bought the CDs.
I am still awed by what modern technology can achieve with these powerful mobile devices and cloud services. Especially when I can rope in my good old tech too.