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bobm
2016-09-10, 04:39
Hi all,

I have been looking at alternatives to SB. I am confused about how the Sonos and Airplay work as compared to SB.
1) Sonos states it can read my flac library from files stored on a NAS or local PC. Does that require me loading server software on my PC similar to the LMS or is all the work done by the Speaker and its simply reading the file from the network share?
2) I see that Airplay works with ITunes, but if I initiate playing a song from my phone to an Airplay speaker, does the phone have to remain on for the song to continue to play? What if I am using an online service like Pandora, can I start the stream and walk away with my phone and the music will continue to play?
Thanks Bob

pippin
2016-09-10, 04:50
1) Sonos doesn't require a server software (that's built I to every device) but the browsing is more basic than for the SB.

2) the phone handles all of the stream (the music is transmitted from the phone to the AirPlay device) so it needs to be always on, must not use other audio (no Facebook with movie autoplay or websites with audio while listening to music etc.) and you must not walk away.

Why don't you just build your own Squeezebox with a Raspberry pi and a soundcard (e.g. Hifiberry). It's really simple these days because you can even buy pre-configured SW images and it works pretty well, you can even run the server on the device.

bobm
2016-09-10, 05:31
I will look into the pi options, have a good link that explains the process?

>the phone handles all of the stream (the music is transmitted from the phone to the AirPlay device) so it needs to be always on, must not use other audio (no Facebook with movie autoplay or websites with audio while listening to music etc.) and you must not walk away.<
Although easy to use, that seems like a big disadvantage to me. I would really want my phone to just be a remote control.

thanks for your help

Giza2020
2016-09-10, 07:07
Chromecast audio is also an option as it doesn't require the phone once you've 'casted' the audio.

I have pis with HiFiBerry amps and a few chromecast audios and they work great.

Giza2020
2016-09-10, 07:08
Look at www.max2play.com for guides on setting up the pi

bobm
2016-09-10, 09:39
Chromecast audio is also an option as it doesn't require the phone once you've 'casted' the audio.

I have pis with HiFiBerry amps and a few chromecast audios and they work great.

I will look up chromecast and see how that works. I assumed that required the device to stream to it. Thanks Bob

mdconnelly
2016-09-10, 10:30
You might want to consider Roon if...

a) you already have one or more Squeezeboxes (Roon will work with them)
b) you don't mind spending a bit of money (Roon has an annual subscription fee or you can buy a lifetime license)
c) you want a far better UI than LMS provides

It was difficult for me to leave LMS behind, but I've been using Roon ever since they started supporting Squeezebox endpoints and have really come to love it. IMO, it's what LMS should/could have become had Logitech not dumped it.

So why am I still here in the Squeezebox forums? Well, my kids and a few stingy friends who don't want to pay for Roon are still using LMS (often with my help). Combined with iPeng (and rPIs if you don't have a Squeezebox), I think LMS is still the best cheap/free solution available.

Giza2020
2016-09-10, 12:43
I will look up chromecast and see how that works. I assumed that required the device to stream to it. Thanks Bob

The chromecast needs a cast device such as a phone, itouch or laptop but one you send the request the device is no longer needed unless you want to send something else or adjust volume etc.

There is a cast bridge that's been created by Phillipe in the 3rd party forum which turns the chromecast device into a squeeze device which really makes it a versatile device.

This also means you can use the logitech controller to control it as the chromecast essentially is another squeeze device.

Hope that helps?

GeeJay
2016-09-18, 15:31
It's good to know Roon is out there should LMS no longer have community support, but $499 is steep. Particularly if it closes up shop like SB did (as a commercial venture, at least).

I've been very happy with my 2 Pi's. I'm not technically gifted, and I had little problem setting mine up. I'll likely step up and purchase a display at some point, although the one remaining "real" SB in my system is a Touch and I don't have a real need at the moment for another display.

ad6922
2016-09-20, 00:51
I was going on the same path last year to look for alternatives for squeezebox as the LMS-software on my QNAP nas had security breaches.

In the end I went for a rpi2 with max2play.com. As it is a rather cheap alternative I wanted to give it a try.

By now, it's not a try anymore, but it's here to stay.

It's simple in daily use and I got the airplay option as an extra. As the spotify app have been changed in the last year as well there is no need to change
to a different platform. It does everything that I want it to do.

TheLastMan
2016-09-25, 15:57
I was going on the same path last year to look for alternatives for squeezebox as the LMS-software on my QNAP nas had security breaches.

In the end I went for a rpi2 with max2play.com. As it is a rather cheap alternative I wanted to give it a try.

By now, it's not a try anymore, but it's here to stay.

It's simple in daily use and I got the airplay option as an extra. As the spotify app have been changed in the last year as well there is no need to change
to a different platform. It does everything that I want it to do.
Ditto.
What I want from my system is to play music from my NAS, my favourite radio stations, BBC iPlayer Radio and Spotify. While my squeezeboxes continue to do those things then I have no reason to change. The iPlayer Radio app has been a bit of a struggle recently, but I still have it working (thanks to "bpa" on this forum). However, Michael Herger's recent improvements to the official Spotify app make it even less likely I will want to change.

The sound quality is up to the player you use and most player hardware will output a digital stream if you want to use an external DAC.

If I were forced to move to another system it would probably be Chromecast as so many streaming phone apps support it now.

Sonos is convenient for those who want "all in one" active speaker options, but otherwise offers nothing more than you can get with SqueezeBox for a fraction of the price (if you are of a geeky / DIY persuasion). The requirement for a server is a bit of a pain with SB, and in my opinion the main reason it lost out to Sonos. The open software LMS server is both the Squeezeboxes main advantage, as it allows plugins to extend the capabilities of the system, and downfall - most people don't want to have to either turn on a PC to play their music, or have the inclination and expertise to install LMS on a NAS or other server to run 24/7.

bits
2016-09-25, 18:11
The requirement for a server is a bit of a pain with SB, and in my opinion the main reason it lost out to Sonos. The open software LMS server is both the Squeezeboxes main advantage, as it allows plugins to extend the capabilities of the system, and downfall - most people don't want to have to either turn on a PC to play their music, or have the inclination and expertise to install LMS on a NAS or other server to run 24/7.

Where is your local music coming from if not from a server?
That server might be your pc or a nas but it needs to be available somewhere.

Streaming services may remove the need for local files. Many uses have abandoned their local files.
But if you do desire local files a "server" already exists or you have some horrible duplication of all files to all machines?

Squeezable touch supports/supported a duplication of your files and to be connected direct to its usb port.
But if you are doing that, you are doing it wrong.

garym
2016-09-26, 04:38
Where is your local music coming from if not from a server?
That server might be your pc or a nas but it needs to be available somewhere.

Streaming services may remove the need for local files. Many uses have abandoned their local files.
But if you do desire local files a "server" already exists or you have some horrible duplication of all files to all machines?

Squeezable touch supports/supported a duplication of your files and to be connected direct to its usb port.
But if you are doing that, you are doing it wrong.

Sonos server is essentially built into each unit. The files have to be served from somewhere locally, but that can be a NAS or some sort of drive attached to a router, etc. I assume this is the main reason that Sonos is not willing to update their software in any significant way (key issue for me would be the 65,000 track maximum). Doing so would effectively make all the old SONOS players unusable with newer units.

In today's world of micro computers the size of a pack of cigarettes that can run things like LMS, the need to have a "PC running" has become less and less of an issue.

TheLastMan
2016-09-26, 06:28
Sonos server is essentially built into each unit. The files have to be served from somewhere locally, but that can be a NAS or some sort of drive attached to a router, etc. I assume this is the main reason that Sonos is not willing to update their software in any significant way (key issue for me would be the 65,000 track maximum). Doing so would effectively make all the old SONOS players unusable with newer units.

In today's world of micro computers the size of a pack of cigarettes that can run things like LMS, the need to have a "PC running" has become less and less of an issue.
With Sonos you can play music files from any networked device. I have a friend who has his music on a USB hard drive plugged into his router. It is also quite impressive that if you have the app installed on your phone it will play music from that as well.

In general it is a lot easier to set up and run than Squeezebox, but you pay for the privilege, and it is a lot less flexible. The Sonos controller app for the iPhone is very neat.

However Sonos is simply too expensive to be a mass market product and will remain niche. Chromecast and similar products are the future.


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Man in a van
2016-09-26, 13:52
In today's world of micro computers the size of a pack of cigarettes that can run things like LMS, the need to have a "PC running" has become less and less of an issue.


Yet another option on the horizon, more box of cigars than fag packet though :)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/knowhowtec/sonopi-touch-a-raspberry-pi-based-multiroom-audio?ref=category_popular

atb

Ronnie

castalla
2016-09-26, 14:22
Yet another option on the horizon, more box of cigars than fag packet though :)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/knowhowtec/sonopi-touch-a-raspberry-pi-based-multiroom-audio?ref=category_popular

atb

Ronnie

Appealing design? Not in my eyes .... I'm afraid.

castalla
2016-09-26, 14:29
With Sonos you can play music files from any networked device. I have a friend who has his music on a USB hard drive plugged into his router. It is also quite impressive that if you have the app installed on your phone it will play music from that as well.

In general it is a lot easier to set up and run than Squeezebox, but you pay for the privilege, and it is a lot less flexible. The Sonos controller app for the iPhone is very neat.

However Sonos is simply too expensive to be a mass market product and will remain niche. Chromecast and similar products are the future.


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The bridge plugins option for LMS is the way to go - then you can virtually use any Airplay, DLNA speakers as squeezebox players (as well as using the speakers' own systems). Chromecast bridge does the same but you still need a powered speaker for the CCast.

RSJ
2016-09-26, 16:13
I switched to Raspberry Pi using Max2play and Hifiberry amps and have never looked back. They integrated into my existing Squeezeboxes flawlessly and I can sync everything, play anything on my NAS and stream Spotify to all of them. I'll be slowly phasing out the older Squeezeboxes because I can get so much more functionality out of the Raspberry Pi setup with things like Jivelite that allows control through touchscreens and HDTVs, being able to embed the player into a multitude of devices and locations and combining it with Sure amps makes the Raspberry Pi setup simply the best in my opinion.

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rkrug
2016-09-27, 01:08
RSJ <RSJ.7moexb (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> writes:

> I switched to Raspberry Pi using Max2play and Hifiberry amps and have
> never looked back. They integrated into my existing Squeezeboxes
> flawlessly and I can sync everything, play anything on my NAS and stream
> Spotify to all of them. I'll be slowly phasing out the older
> Squeezeboxes because I can get so much more functionality out of the
> Raspberry Pi setup with things like Jivelite that allows control through
> touchscreens and HDTVs,

What do you mean by HDTVs? Jivelite display only?



> being able to embed the player into a multitude
> of devices and locations and combining it with Sure amps makes the
> Raspberry Pi setup simply the best in my opinion.
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toby10
2016-09-27, 03:33
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/knowhowtec/sonopi-touch-a-raspberry-pi-based-multiroom-audio?ref=category_popular



Doesn't look very promising. Only three actual items ordered (pledged) and those are the least expensive of the offered items. They have one week to fulfill more than 97% of their target goal of $22k.

bobm
2016-09-27, 09:20
Sonos server is essentially built into each unit. The files have to be served from somewhere locally, but that can be a NAS or some sort of drive attached to a router, etc. I assume this is the main reason that Sonos is not willing to update their software in any significant way (key issue for me would be the 65,000 track maximum). Doing so would effectively make all the old SONOS players unusable with newer units.

In today's world of micro computers the size of a pack of cigarettes that can run things like LMS, the need to have a "PC running" has become less and less of an issue.
I made the switch to Sonos and I was pleased to see how easy it was to stream my local music. I basically pointed Sonos at my NAS share and shut down the LMS. Kind of sad but for our simple needs Sonos is working out great.

garym
2016-09-27, 09:29
I made the switch to Sonos and I was pleased to see how easy it was to stream my local music. I basically pointed Sonos at my NAS share and shut down the LMS. Kind of sad but for our simple needs Sonos is working out great.

I bought a SONOS Connect last year just to play with. It is simple to setup and use. (To me) there are many annoying things after being used to Squeezeboxes and controllers such as iPeng (the SONOS controllers are fairly rudimentary, but get the job done of course). But the main limitations for me are the inability to deal with the size of my music collection (> 65k), lack of certain nice apps related to playing BBC or BBC extras, podcasts subscriptions, etc. Not being able to play hi-res is not a huge deal, but I do have a dozen or so hi-res albums that I'd have to convert to be able to play on SONOS. All this said, certainly nothing wrong with SONOS. It's not anywhere close to the squeezebox ecosystem (for my use), but I can see why it is very popular.

d6jg
2016-09-27, 11:19
Phillipe's bridges are of course excellent and open up a whole range of players to the Eco system but unfortunately they all have compromises IMHO. hi-res, gapless playback, sync etc
The only non Logitech player that fulfills all the criteria to date seems to be a Pi with DAC. It's the only thing that could realistically be considered Audiofool compatible.
I understand why people choose Sonos but it doesn't work the way I want my music players to do.
Why Logitech, why?

philippe_44
2016-09-27, 11:44
Phillipe's bridges are of course excellent and open up a whole range of players to the Eco system but unfortunately they all have compromises IMHO. hi-res, gapless playback, sync etc
The only non Logitech player that fulfills all the criteria to date seems to be a Pi with DAC. It's the only thing that could realistically be considered Audiofool compatible.
I understand why people choose Sonos but it doesn't work the way I want my music players to do.
Why Logitech, why?

I agree although Sonos as upnp devices are providing a really good solution (gapless, better res that AirPlay) except sync - I wish they want to release their sync, but they believe, right or wrong, that's this is their crown jewel. To me, at the risk of offending audiophiles, AirPlay was the best compromise and I put a lot of work to make this work. You have everything except hi-res. It's very transparent to LMS

d6jg
2016-09-27, 12:16
I have all 3 bridges Phillipe and yes the AirPlay one is the best.


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bobm
2016-09-27, 12:17
I bought a SONOS Connect last year just to play with. It is simple to setup and use. (To me) there are many annoying things after being used to Squeezeboxes and controllers such as iPeng (the SONOS controllers are fairly rudimentary, but get the job done of course). But the main limitations for me are the inability to deal with the size of my music collection (> 65k), lack of certain nice apps related to playing BBC or BBC extras, podcasts subscriptions, etc. Not being able to play hi-res is not a huge deal, but I do have a dozen or so hi-res albums that I'd have to convert to be able to play on SONOS. All this said, certainly nothing wrong with SONOS. It's not anywhere close to the squeezebox ecosystem (for my use), but I can see why it is very popular.
I felt I overpaid for Sonos Connect. IT is easy to setup but does have the limitation you mention above. It seems Sonos is not catering to the Audiophile folks. People having been requesting on their forum about hi-res and >65K tracks for many years but yet the Connect does not get updated. For me it works fine so I am happy but I can see why heavy users such as yourself need to look elsewhere. I wonder if Bluesound will become a good alternative at some point?

garym
2016-09-27, 12:40
I posted this elsewhere, but relevant here too:

Google Store is selling Chromecast Audio for $25 ($10 off $35 price). Also at Best Buy. If you've been wanting to play with one, this might be the time to pick one or two up.

wortgefecht
2016-09-28, 07:09
OK, it's completely without LMS, but here's one guy's experience with Chromecast Audios:
http://www.androidcentral.com/using-google-chromecast-audio-whole-house-audio-alternative-sonos

bobm
2016-09-28, 10:51
OK, it's completely without LMS, but here's one guy's experience with Chromecast Audios:
http://www.androidcentral.com/using-google-chromecast-audio-whole-house-audio-alternative-sonos

nice Article, this looks like a cool way to hook up your chromecast if you want a neat solution equal to a Play1 from Sonos.

https://www.amazon.com/Grace-Digital-CastDock-X2-Chromecast/dp/B01EXCTQBO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1475085019&sr=8-1&keywords=chromecast+speaker

RSJ
2016-09-29, 19:38
RSJ <RSJ.7moexb (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> writes:

> I switched to Raspberry Pi using Max2play and Hifiberry amps and have
> never looked back. They integrated into my existing Squeezeboxes
> flawlessly and I can sync everything, play anything on my NAS and stream
> Spotify to all of them. I'll be slowly phasing out the older
> Squeezeboxes because I can get so much more functionality out of the
> Raspberry Pi setup with things like Jivelite that allows control through
> touchscreens and HDTVs,

What do you mean by HDTVs? Jivelite display only?



> being able to embed the player into a multitude
> of devices and locations and combining it with Sure amps makes the
> Raspberry Pi setup simply the best in my opinion.
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This is my HDTV, I have a Raspberry Pi plugged into my receiver and I use a mini USB keyboard to control it. I can control the music, start a slide show of my photos while listening to music or switch to Kodi and watch a movie. You just can't do this with the Logitech Squeezebox Receivers that I've been using.



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RSJ
2016-09-29, 20:01
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This is my HDTV, I have a Raspberry Pi plugged into my receiver and I use a mini USB keyboard to control it. I can control the music, start a slide show of my photos while listening to music or switch to Kodi and watch a movie. You just can't do this with the Logitech Squeezebox Receivers that I've been using.



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This setup cost me about $60 with the $20 keyboard. It's the cheapest and simplest setup. All it requires is a Raspberry Pi, SD card, a case, power supply and keyboard. Set up the Raspberry Pi, plug it into the receiver using HDMI, plug in the power and your good to go. I can sync this player to any other and control it all from my couch with the keyboard and see it all on the big screen.

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RSJ
2016-09-29, 20:21
Using a speaker kit from Parts Express I made these bookshelf speakers with a Raspberry Pi and Hifiberry amp inside. It's a very clean setup, connect the other speaker, data if you choose, power and you're good to go. Custom speakers playing whatever you want and controlling it all with a smartphone has coolness factor that you just can't get from something bought off the shelf.




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rkrug
2016-09-30, 00:18
RSJ <RSJ.7mu8go (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> writes:

> rkrug wrote:
>> RSJ <RSJ.7moexb (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> writes:
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>> > I switched to Raspberry Pi using Max2play and Hifiberry amps and have
>> > never looked back. They integrated into my existing Squeezeboxes
>> > flawlessly and I can sync everything, play anything on my NAS and
>> stream
>> > Spotify to all of them. I'll be slowly phasing out the older
>> > Squeezeboxes because I can get so much more functionality out of the
>> > Raspberry Pi setup with things like Jivelite that allows control
>> through
>> > touchscreens and HDTVs,
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>> What do you mean by HDTVs? Jivelite display only?
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>> > being able to embed the player into a multitude
>> > of devices and locations and combining it with Sure amps makes the
>> > Raspberry Pi setup simply the best in my opinion.
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> This is my HDTV, I have a Raspberry Pi plugged into my receiver and I
> use a mini USB keyboard to control it. I can control the music, start a
> slide show of my photos while listening to music or switch to Kodi and
> watch a movie. You just can't do this with the Logitech Squeezebox
> Receivers that I've been using.
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I have to try this - looks intriguing.

Rainer

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rkrug
2016-09-30, 00:20
RSJ <RSJ.7muaen (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> writes:

> Using a speaker kit from Parts Express I made these bookshelf speakers
> with a Raspberry Pi and Hifiberry amp inside. It's a very clean setup,
> connect the other speaker, data if you choose, power and you're good to
> go. Custom speakers playing whatever you want and controlling it all
> with a smartphone has coolness factor that you just can't get from
> something bought off the shelf.
>

Very nice - you are giving me some nice ideas. Thanks.

Rainer

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RSJ
2016-09-30, 21:27
Rainer glad to inspire you. I love the Raspberry Pi, Max2play and Hifiberry amp setup, it's compact size allows you to get real creative with it, you simply can't customize your setup like this with off the shelf products. Although I think the price point of the Hifiberry amp is a little high, the dollar per watt is high compared to Sure amps, the way it plugs into the Raspberry Pi is just super clean. One of my next projects will be to mount this setup to a ceiling speaker and power it with one of these power supplies. Then I'll I need to do is run speaker wire to the other ceiling speaker for a super clean and easy setup that's controlled from a smart phone, nice.

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olivaar
2016-10-01, 08:22
my simple and cheap setup:

Hardware Player:
raspberry pi 2 model b
hifiberry dac+phone jack version
standard raspberry case

Hardware Controller:
ODYS MIRA (7" Android tablet)

Software Controller:
Logitech Squeezebox-App from Google-Playstore (also available for ios)

Software Player:
piCorePlayer (https://sites.google.com/site/picoreplayer/home)
very small sd-card image, easy to setup
this includes also the logitech media server.

Max2Play
2016-10-17, 05:45
Look at www.max2play.com for guides on setting up the pi

I was going on the same path last year to look for alternatives for squeezebox as the LMS-software on my QNAP nas had security breaches.

In the end I went for a rpi2 with max2play.com. As it is a rather cheap alternative I wanted to give it a try.

By now, it's not a try anymore, but it's here to stay.

It's simple in daily use and I got the airplay option as an extra. As the spotify app have been changed in the last year as well there is no need to change
to a different platform. It does everything that I want it to do.

I switched to Raspberry Pi using Max2play and Hifiberry amps and have never looked back. They integrated into my existing Squeezeboxes flawlessly and I can sync everything, play anything on my NAS and stream Spotify to all of them. I'll be slowly phasing out the older Squeezeboxes because I can get so much more functionality out of the Raspberry Pi setup with things like Jivelite that allows control through touchscreens and HDTVs, being able to embed the player into a multitude of devices and locations and combining it with Sure amps makes the Raspberry Pi setup simply the best in my opinion.

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Thanks Giza2020, ad6922 and RSJ for mentioning us! It means a lot when you see users taking the system we built and utilizing it so greatly. We started our project with a special focus on the great capabilities of the Squeezebox system and the goal of bringing these features to the Raspberry Pi for everyone to enjoy. Now it is fantastic to see such great solutions like RSJ's system based on our software. The integration of the Rii to control Jivelite is a great touch that we have not seen yet, great idea!
If you have any thoughts or ideas on the software that would make your experience with it better, we would love to hear from seasoned users what is on the top of their lists.

daverich4
2016-10-20, 12:23
I replaced my Touch with a Sonore microRendu. You can drive it with Logitech Media Server, a DLNA based program such as JRiver, Roon or Airplay. It's worked really well for me.

Blisteringblue
2016-10-28, 05:23
I've looked at Sonos, Pi devices but until my Squeeze World stops working there just is no point. With the new Spotify work around for us "oldies" without a touch it just keeps going and going ;)

Max2Play
2016-10-28, 05:29
While Sonos would replace your existing Squeezebox infrastructure, the Pi with Max2Play would in fact extend it. Our system shows up the same as the original Squeezeboxes in your Server interface and perfectly complements and expands Multiroom Squeezebox applications.