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Thread: Logitech Airplay Speaker
2012-01-27, 05:10 #11
2012-01-27, 09:15 #12
Regardless of your feelings towards Apple, the iPad is streets ahead of any of the Android pads in usability, app availability. There is a reason why it is twice the price of the Android pads.
Anyway you cannot really blame Apple for the fact that Logitech wants to use its technology.Matt
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2012-01-27, 09:35 #13
Besides, it's not my feelings towards Apple that makes me turn away from them. It's just that I don't want to spend money on a sense of claustrophobia; that I can get for free if I want to.
I'll rather wait for a decent pad to hit the market. It's bound to happen sooner or later (unless the next dinosaur killer comes around, and then all bets are off anyway).
2012-01-27, 09:48 #14
Kindle Fire & Co don't really help with that.
Me thinks the market will settle towards Apple covering the "big" iPads and Android powering the smaller, cheap devices market.
Unless, of course, Apple really shows a 7" iPad next week...
2012-01-27, 09:50 #15
2012-01-27, 11:53 #16
I assume people know that they can make any AirPlay speaker/receiver a Squeezebox by combining it with one of the iOS apps which support playback, for example iPeng or SqueezePad.
As long as you don't need synchronized playback it should work very good. Just configure the iPhone/iPad to output its sound through the AirPlay speaker and start playing music through the player support in iPeng, SqueezePad or other iOS app that supports playback.
The result is that you can control it using your iOS or Android or Squeezebox Controller in same way as any other Squeezebox. It will of course use a bit of battery on the iOS device which runs the player, so for playback during long periods I suppose it's best to put it in a docking station.
I wonder if it might even be possible to install AirFoil on the computer running SBS/LMS and stream music on SqueezePlay/SoftSqueeze on the SBS/LMS computer directly to the AirPlay speaker ? If that works, you can make the Logitech AirPlay speaker a Squeezebox for $25 (which AirFoil costs). It probably won't work for people that need synchronized playback, but I suspect the majority of all users will be fine without support for synchronized playback.
Does anyone know which audio quality you get through AirPlay ? Does it allow some lossless format or is everything encoded through some lossy codec ?
Of course, the issue with all the above is that it gets a lot more complicated than hitting play button on your Squeezebox Boom II.Erland Isaksson (My homepage)
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2012-01-27, 12:19 #17
"The Apple Lossless Encoder (the software for encoding into ALAC files) was introduced into the Mac OS X Core Audio framework on April 28, 2004 together with the QuickTime 6.5.1 update, and thus available in iTunes as of version 4.5 and above. The codec is also used in the AirPort Express's AirPlay implementation."
so one would hope that all airplay was lossless, but i doubt it. besides, if the source material is lossy, why bother? its prob like DLNA in that way.
2012-01-27, 12:50 #18
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2012-01-27, 13:20 #19Touch + my hifi
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2012-01-27, 13:21 #20
and whats really odd about it, is i have seen in practice, music go from a laptop, wirelessly, to a router, to an airport express and / or apple tv, again, wirelessly, and not hiccup even once.
pretty remarkable considering its lossless thru the hops, and LMS essentially requires itself to be hardwired to the router, even for lossy stuff.
color me confused.