Slowly getting into this computer audio stuff and the logical choice for streaming Hi-Res has been dropped by Logitech.
What other alternatives are there?
Hadn't heard that news. A shame, it's a good device, I have two of them.
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My understanding is that Logitech UE Smart Radio just announced is the next generation of Squeezebox Radio:
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Although it's a shame & the writing has been on the wall for a while, it doesn't necessarily mean it's not still a good buy. The software is stable & the hardware reliable so even if official support stops tomorrow, there's plenty of life left in the product. The only thing that may disappear is the MySB.com portal but that only means that you'll need the server on to listen to Internet radio.
Squeezebox's absence is notable from Logitech's website.... Looks like Logitech fancies a slice of the sales action SONOS has had with Play:3/5 - the new UE range gives Logitech a far more mass-market proposition than the Squeezebox Touch.
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Doesn't appear to be anything like a streamer there. Seems a bit odd to leave that product type out of the new line up.
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Well that's a shame, I've been recommending SB to others, can't really recommend a product no longer in manufacture.
I've been using for a while, am familiar and pleased with functionalities and although the eventual demise of my sb.com will be a nuisance ( used for internet radio ), it won't effect my use, and if my product expired tomorrow I'd replace with same as it works and the current server software is stable.
I really was hoping for an updated Touch, as there is a gap in the market for a device with onboard storage and full server software, which has wireless functionality, decent UI with app options, at a reasonable price. Nearest is the Olive 4 or 6 HD, at about 20 times the Touch cost!
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That is a real shame. The Touch is my favourite gadget of the last 5 years.
I was hoping the recent price offers were because they were going to bring out an update, not drop the line completely.
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It would be amusing if the Squeezebox Touch went on to win the WHF?S&V 2012 Readers Award...
It certainly would. And bearing in mind how many people voted for its inclusion, I think that's a distinct possibility...
It's a shame that one of the hifi manufacturers wasn't more alive to the sale of Slim Devices way back in 2006. A full three years before Linn announced the death of the CDP. We'd maybe now have a wealth of full featured streamers to choose from rather than the largely pants DLNA "me too" efforts currently on offer.
A company majoring on mice & keyboards was never going to understand the market & devote the necessary resources into making streaming mainstream.
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