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This article was published on January 20, 2014


    Chinese search giant Baidu offers more entertainment options with a wireless music streaming box

    Chinese search giant Baidu offers more entertainment options with a wireless music streaming box Image by: LIU JIN
    Kaylene Hong
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    Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in touch via Twitter or Google+.

    Baidu may be China’s search stalwart — but it has been quietly developing various options in the entertainment industry as well.

    The company already owns a Baidu Music app — which is available only within China — with several million songs within its database that have received the necessary copyrights, and synchronizes with 17 music lists including Billboard Hits and the UK chart.

    Recently, Baidu released a wireless music streaming box that lets you play songs via its music app, as well as other music apps on the market — which means you can gather all your songs together wirelessly into a hub, then play them without having to access your individual apps. The wireless music streaming box can be connected to speakers as well, so it acts as a nifty add-on to consumers’ living rooms.

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    For just CNY99 ($16), the wireless music streaming box is a practical media hub for all your songs. It supports Airplay on iOS devices, as well as DLNA and Qplay on other devices including a series of Android smartphones. The first 20,000 units of Baidu’s music box are up for sale on e-commerce site Jingdong, as first spotted by Tech in Asia.

    Last year, Baidu rolled out a series of media devices — including a HDMI TV plugin today that seems to be a clone of Google’s Chromecast, as well as a USB WiFi dongle and a wireless router.

    Headline image via Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images