Logitech expands its Squeezebox lineup

Squeezebox Touch

Squeezebox Touch
Squeezebox Radio

Squeezebox Radio

The success Logitech’s lineup of networked audio players Squeezebox was expanded by two new devices – Squeezebox Radio and Squeezebox Touch.

The Squeezebox Radio allows to listen free Internet stations, subscription music services like Rhapsody, Napster, Pandora, Sirius, LastFM and audio files from the network shares including DRM-free iTunes Plus downloads. It sports integrated amplifier, speakers (woofers and tweeters), 2.4-inch 24-bit color display to show album art, track and station information and photos. The radio supports both wired (10/100 Mbps) and wireless (802.11g) connections. Additionally it’s equiped with auxiliary input to connect iPod or any MP3 player. The Logitech Squeezebox Radio Accessory Pack which includes a battery pack and IR remote will be available separately. Using battery pack you can easily move the Squeezebox Radio in any place you want. Even without power cable. The Squeezebox Radio will be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in September for a suggested retail price of $199.99. The Accessory Pack should be available later, on November for $49.99.

Squeezebox Touch is the next generation of network audio players Squeezebox Classic, Squeezebox Boom and Squeezebox Duet. It sports 4.3-inch 24-bit color touchscreen display to show played media metadata, photos from the Facebook, Flickr or network shares and set Facebook status and music recommendations. The player also supports both wired (10/100 Mbps) and wireless (802.11g) connections. Additionally it has USB host connector and SD card slot for music and photos. The Squeezebox Touch traditionally offers stereo analog (RCA), headphone jack, digital optical and digital coax outputs. It should be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in December for a suggested retail price of $299.99. At the same time the Logitech Squeezebox Touch Wall-Mount Bracket will be available for $99.99.

As you may see the architecture of Squeezebox with separated client and controller (Squeezebox Duet or Sonos) was changed again to single unit. Personally I like this much more. Will wait the Touch version of Squeezebox Boom. Also have in mind that Squeezebox players can be easily integrated in your home automation system based on LinuxMCE and using them you may build multi-zone audio system.

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