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---
title: SoundTouch and IoT
published: 2016-06-06
---

The audio quality of the [Bose SoundTouch 10](https://www.bose.com/en_us/products/speakers/wireless_speakers/soundtouch-10-wireless-system.html)
is pretty good. However, a number of things bug me, not just with the 
SoundTouch, but with "IoT devices" in general:

1. You need to use a proprietary app on Android, iOS or Windows to set 
   everything up;
2. You need to register for an account and provide personal information;
3. Without account you can't do much with the device;
4. It is not clear what kind of information is "leaked" to the manufacturer's 
   servers when using the system;

Fortunately, the Bluetooth interface and the AUX input are available without 
setting anything up it turns out. So I decided to go back "offline". I 
accomplished this by removing the app from my phone and factory-resetting 
(`1 + Volume Down`) the SoundTouch. Unfortunately it is not possible to delete
your "Bose account".

A problem is that the system will remain in "setup mode" which automatically 
enables an open access point on the device to which everyone can connect. It 
should be possible to disable WiFi and Bluetooth using a button combination 
(`3 + Volume Down`), but it doesn't seem to work in "setup mode".

Listening to the radio, without tracking, is now accomplished using an old 
Nokia phone with FM radio connected using a 3.5mm audio to the AUX input of the 
device.

![Nokia, Bose, IoT](https://storage.tuxed.net/fkooman/public/upload/blog/nokia_bose_iot.jpg)

I guess I am still lucky that it works as much as it does without connecting 
it to the Internet! But using new devices without giving your data to 
manufacturers should not be that difficult! There is no need to integrate so 
tightly with online services...