just purchased a Logitech Squeezebox, neato thing.
The works with * logos show Windows, Mac, and a Tux! (I wouldn't have purchased it otherwise..)
there comes a perl deamon with it, so, even the PAPERBOX fineprint reads: Macos X 10.3, Win 2k, XP, Vista, 7, Linux, BSD, Solaris!
the Download page enables selection between Macos, Windoze, .deb (YAY!) and TGZ with the perl source; The link to the (english only) Protocol spec is also available.
There also already exists an amarok plugin...
so, just went into a shop, and bought a second one :] they even had a demo device for 30E of :]]]]
ohhhkeeey. now that makes sense.
Logitech aquired Slim Devices in 2006; They created it in a verry opensource open development process.
it seems as if logitech maintained its promise to keep it that way.
Its also a very good explanation why this device doesn't feel as 'designed' as one might expect; and has a much better sound as the Brand Logitech might suggest...
Its just got that feeling of love to the detail and the brainshare of many people as just an open development process can produce.
It even dims its display...
I've been using one of these for a few years now.
It isn't bad. I was kind of concerned when Logitech bought them out, but things have turned out okay.
whew. 3 clicks later:
your root password is 1234. You cann connect via 192.168.3.113
This network device is for authorized use only. Unauthorized or improper use
of this system may result in you hearing very bad music. If you do not consent
to these terms, LOG OFF IMMEDIATELY.
Ha, only joking. Now you have logged in feel free to change your root password
using the 'passwd' command. You can safely modify any of the files on this
system. A factory reset (press and hold add on power on) will remove all your
modifications and revert to the installed firmware.
now thats cool! I liked my dreambox, but they came with telnet by dfault... and, they were known as nerdy sat receiver.
that box I just bougt as mp3 player.. makes fun. every minute. even if its not playing music.
Of course, every year it gets increasingly more likely that at least one piece of equipment in even a small rig will be capable of streaming online media. Perhaps it's your video game system, or a set top box, or even the television. In my home we occasionally watch YouTube in the living room using the Wii as a web browser. There's also a player for pretty much everything on the Verizon FiOS set top box, but it requires a computer somewhere on your network running a "media manager" program (which ... you guessed it ... isn't available for Linux).
There's also a standard protocol for this type of thing, but it doesn't yet enjoy pervasive adoption. It's called DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) and it defines a standard way for the A/V equipment in your living room to access the media resources available on your computer. I really wish that either Nintendo or Verizon would get on board because there are plenty of DLNA servers available for Linux.
well, for 125 E (which is the cheapest offer I found, purchased mine for 130) You 'll have a hard time to find a netbook these days. Plus the Netbook comes with _crappy_ speakers, so you'll have to throw in another 80E for some higher quality pc speakers... Yes, the squeezebox radios speaker is _good_, i'd compare it being the little brother of a jbl Control 1.
And, the netbook won't work with the standby / full on power consumption
Plus, Maja could operate it (just finished first grade) in half a minute, and make it play her most favourite Amy McDonald song.
Subject: Home Theater 'control boxen'
Onkyo: worse crap than Sony
I would go with nothing less than Yamaha, which still being low-end is VERY acceptable. Actually surprisingly so considering price. Unless you opt for one of their truly expensive units. Then you are getting true high-end quality. But you have to PAY for that.
And then there's LEXICON. That is what you TRULY want - although I would not advise that unless you are prepared to put about five grand into speakers, about ten grand into GOOD pre-amps, and another 3 to 5 grand into amplifiers, about 2 grand into a REAL subwoofer (or 4 grand for two of 'em), and about 5 grand in REAL cabling.
But then, this is me, with about 60 grand in "home" theater gear in my living room - more than once have I heard "you could buy two CARS for what that stuff costs!" True enough...
Subject: Re: Home Theater 'control boxen'
hm, for the price of my onkyo has a full set of speaker plugs, yamaha would just give you full size banana plugs for the main speakers, center and rear speakers just had tiny clamp connectors.
In sound quality the onkyo also clearly blasts a same priced yamaha to hell.
While onkyos reputation might be bader than the stuff they actualy deliver, Yamaha is vice versa.
about the third manufacturer... some germans actualy pronounce it SO NIE (never like that) nuf said.
Subject: Re: Home Theater 'control boxen'
I'm rather satisfied with my Denon amp and Polk speakers, but my listening room is a bit on the small side.
Anyone have any WinXP-compatible suggestions for a similar task? I was just shipped a small box containing probably two or three dozen 8mm tapes. I'm looking at a pretty substantial task just to go through them, let alone make them digital where appropriate. I'd prefer not to learn how to Linuxize my desktop on top of that...
Wed Feb 24 2010 10:20:26 AM EST from cellofellow @ Uncensored
While I don't have much (any?) experience with DV tapes, Kino should do the job. Just seek to the start point, start grabbing, and then stop at the stop point. At least, I think that's how it works.
So ... dothebart -- how's the Squeezebox running now that you've had it for a while? Still happy with it?
,it wakes me up in the morning, and when i'm at my second home, there it gives me access to music and internet radio with my choice of music without any hassle.
about hacking it more... well... I already have a big timesink you might know ;-)
I still like its sound quality a lot (which compares to a JBL Control 1)
If you like an open product, I still recommend bying it. Its all GPL from the linux kernel part, and the logitech created userland was even licensed under a BSD license.
Though the build system & dependency management makes compiling it yourself a litte problematic, i'd name it _the_ opensource mainstream hardware buyable next to factory default unlocked android phones (which in fact are not that much, most of them require jailbraking therefore)
Its a little of a pity that they didn't upgrade the squeezebox boom hardware (true stereo speakers, led display) with the squeezebox radio core. (color TFT display, more powerfull CPU, dual coil stereo->mono speaker)
If you have your music on some networked disk, and like to have easy access to it (with a UI operateable by a 7year old), the squeezebox is your friend.
Compared to an average CD player, its not as easy to install & operate, but I guess that like comparing billy the kid with rambo.For somebody who drank the apple I* koolaid, it might be the wrong choice, but for an average geek like you (and your family once you made it work) its perfect.
I wish my squeezebox hadn't died on me. I had it for years, and loved playing music off of it, but it doesn't connect to the network anymore.
Dunno, as I've forgotten.
I need to try replacing the power adapter. If that was the problem all along, I can get the thing up and running again.
What is the excuse for the atronomical price of Wifi radios?
You get a whole modemrouter for around 30-50€, even one with more than one guest AP mode. These things are sending and not only receiving. Ok, they don't have a display, but they squeeze a half decent display into every non-wifi radio everywhere. I don't even require a touch interface, some wheel or keys are fine. You can get whole mobilephones (crappy ones) for free or around 10€.
Heck, you get a decent mobilephone for around 86€ with 3" color touchscreen and wifi. For around 200€ you get the whole package of BT, Wifi, GPS, GSM, FM and a geiger counter in one tiny mobile phone. And for some big bulky and ugly radio with ubarcrappy accustics they charge 100€ or more just because it has Wifi?!
Even if you don't want wifi, it is not possible to get a half decent fm radio which looks good, sounds ok, has working SD Card/USB support and a display which was not constructed with the purpose to illuminate the whole super bowl all by itself. At least not if you don't want to pay the Apple, Bang&Olufsen or $Overprized_Designer fee.
If the Wifi music players ever become commonplace, they will also become cheap. Don't look for this to happen, though; it is more likely that the mass market will prefer A/V equipment such as televisions with built in Ethernet.
me likes the squeezebox radio.
it doesn't have an FM radio receiver though.
all open software, (linux kernel, their userland is licensed under the BSD license) nice sound, 100e and the server runs on all linux, solaris,...