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

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

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

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

As for Squeezebox Touch, you can expect the same functionality but on a 4.3" color screen that supports touch input. There's also a USB port and SD card reader for loading up tunes locally, and the bundled wall mount even lets you make this a part of your home automation/audio system. Heck, it can even link up with Facebook in order to share music recommendations, as well as check out your friends’ statuses, recommendations, and full-color photos. The Logitech Squeezebox Radio Wi-Fi music player is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in September for a suggested retail price of $199.99, while the Squeezebox Touch should land in December for $299.99.