(CNN) -- For many years, it was a rite of fall.
You moved into your dorm room or new apartment. You started unpacking
the car. And the first thing you set up in your new place was the
stereo system: receiver, turntable or CD player, tape deck and
The wires could get tangled, and sometimes you had to make shelving
out of a stack of milk crates. But only when the music was playing on
those handpicked CDs, mix tapes or (geezer alert!) vinyl records did
you move in the rest of your stuff.
Daniel Rubio wouldn't know.
To the 23-year-old, new dorm rooms and new apartments have meant
computers, iTunes, Pandora and miniature speakers.
"All I had to bring was my laptop. That's pretty much what everyone
had," says Rubio, who attended Emory University in Atlanta and now
works for a local marketing and communications firm. "It was actually
pretty good sound. It would get the job done."
I don't have the know how to make this happen, but I could see a home
stereo could be saved if you could program it with your computer.
I have been reading for long time that in the future even car tires
will have IP address. If stereos had the technology to be controlled
by the computer they would still be useful.
I can see moving into a dorm with the laptop first, but you are most
likely going to have a wireless router. If the stereo could be
connected to the laptop wirelessly and given a password then I could
see where big stereo speakers would move in next.
You really wouldn't even need a laptop. You could control the stereo
with a cellphone. It would be nice, in a dorm environment, where the
stereo would play play lists from more than one phone/laptop at a time
in a round robin configuration.
This could also work with bluetooth in the car.