When Alexa Makes You Feel Old

Sound and music have always been a big part of my life. I can remember the pride I felt when my parents gave me my first turntable. (Yep, I’m that old.) I had two LARGE speakers on a bookshelf in my room and a turntable in the middle. I think the speakers were made of wood, and I know that they were hand-me-downs when my parents got a new sound system. I think I was around ten at the time, and I used to invite my friends in to listen to my Michael Jackson album. (And yes…this now sounds like a “back in my day, we used to have to walk 30 miles in the snow UPHILL to get to school…and GAH I feel old.)

Music became more of a personal thing in the eighties with the introduction of Walkmans. With a cassette tape, sometimes even the one that you’d mixed yourself off the radio. Pretty sure more than one of mine had Rick Astley featured on it. They were great bulky things that you had to clip to your belt and hope that it didn’t pull your jogging pants down if you were going for a run. (Oh…do you remember those jogging suits? With the matching sweatband?) I *may* have even found a box of tapes during our last move.

When I was in high school, CDs replaced the cassette tapes. At the time, they weren’t easily recordable (because who had a computer then?) but there were five or six music stores at the mall that you could go to to pick out your favorite tunes. Aerosmith and Bon Jovi were top of my list then…if I wasn’t listening to Cyndi Lauper or Gloria Estefan. Oh…and Paula Abdul. She was just the coolest. I had both a “Boom Box” and a CD-Walkman (you know…for portability…even though the CD skipped if you ran with it…)

Now, of course, you can walk into someone’s house and ask everyone’s best friend Alexa to play your favorite artist. Most of the music stores have disappeared now, as music has gone more and more online. And through it all…the name that always meant superior sound is Bose. And today Bose has a range of unlimited entertainment possibilities. The new Bose family of smart speakers and soundbars has built-in voice control from Amazon Alexa that puts millions of songs at the tip of your tongue. And with Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® compatibility, you can wirelessly stream whatever you want, however you want. Plus, future software updates will add new features.

Control goes way beyond voice. Enjoy one-touch access to the music you love or manage it all from the Bose Music app. Want more music in more rooms? The new Bose family of smart speakers and soundbars works together. The Bose Soundbar 700, designed to be the world’s best soundbar, delivers an unmatched combination of sophisticated design and exceptional sound. The stylish Bose Soundbar 500 has a thin profile that fits discreetly under your TV, while its powerful acoustics fill the room with sound. And the Bose Home Speaker 500 delivers the widest sound of any smart speaker.

And YUP, I’ve lived through it all. From that tinny, scratchy record player that sat in my childhood window to being able to just ask for my favorite song to be played on a smooth, smart speaker. I wonder what comes next.

Now get off my lawn.

This post is sponsored by the Best Buy Bloggers Network. All opinions are my own.

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