My Airplay speakers have become obsolete because their app hasn’t been updated in four years

So, it turns out that I can never change my Wi-Fi network’s name ever again, or my speakers will stop working. That may sound ridiculous, but let me walk you through the series of bad decisions and technological quirks that have brought me here.

The speakers in question are the Nocs NS2 Air Monitors (specifically, the first generation version of the product, a fact whose import will soon become clear). The NS2 Air Monitors date back to the heyday of Apple’s Airplay standard in 2013, back when companies not only included Airplay support in their speakers but built entire products around it (The Verge even included them in our Back to School Guide that year!).

Eventually, Nocs released a second version of the NS2 that added Bluetooth,…

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