Logitech's Squeezebox Radio And Touch Cut The Wires From Music

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For true music lovers, Logitech's Squeezebox line is one they're veryfamiliar with. The company's latest offerings in the line are some ofthe best yet, with the Squeezebox Radio Wi-Fi music player andSqueezebox Touch giving owners simple, intuitive access to a widevariety of music choices including free Internet radio, personaldigital music files and music subscription services. In other words,each of these should provide you with access to any kind of jam youcould possible need to groove to, all through over-the-air Wi-Finetworks that are already easy to locate.

Think of these as "connected radios." You just plug it in, turn it onand connect to your home Wi-Fi network. Once you're online, theSqueezebox products can tap directly into Internet radio stations orstream files from any networked machine or hard drive. Pretty much anyfile is fair game, with DRM-free iTunes Plus downloads and subscriptionservices such as Napster, Pandora, Rhapsody, SIRIUS, and Last.fmavailable to access at just a touch. The Sqeezebox Radio even touts acolor screen to display album art, track and station information.

There's also a few typical radio functions like six preset buttons forstoring your favorite song, Internet radio station or playlist. There'salso a built-in alarm clock as well as a 3.5mm jack to plug in any kindof wired music source too. The Squeezebox Radio also includes built-inspeakers, and the optional battery pack lets you take it on the roadfor up to six hours.

As for Squeezebox Touch, you can expect the same functionality but on a4.3" color screen that supports touch input. There's also a USB portand SD card reader for loading up tunes locally, and the bundled wallmount even lets you make this a part of your home automation/audiosystem. Heck, it can even link up with Facebook in order to share musicrecommendations, as well as check out your friends’ statuses,recommendations, and full-color photos. The Logitech Squeezebox RadioWi-Fi music player is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europebeginning in September for a suggested retail price of $199.99, whilethe Squeezebox Touch should land in December for $299.99.

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wil2200 replied on Fri, Sep 4 2009 4:03 PM

Shoutcast + di.digital = sweet (if I could afford it)

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