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2006-02-12, 11:12
> (1) really good quality sound into my audio system and

Agreed. Although I think that for most people--and I'm not looking to start yet another audiophile debate here--MP3s are capable of providing adequate sound reproduction for their uses, and I'd be willing to bet that the majority of people useing their Squeezeboxen are (1) streaming MP3s, and (2) using the RCA jacks. I think the success of MP3 players attest to the general adequacy of the format, despite the otherwise valid points people with more discerning ears may make.

>(2) the ability to choose music with a remote control, using a device
>with a display I could read from the sofa.

Also agreed.

What would probably compete with the squeezebox market would be an iPod you could dock, see from across the room, and control remotely.

I think a WiFi iPod could compete too, if it can streem from the iPod to a stereo and you could just look at the display in your hand, though I tend to think that battery life would be severly limited in this mode of use.

Kevin

fuzzyT
2006-02-13, 08:58
kolepard002 (AT) charter (DOT) net wrote:

> I think a WiFi iPod could compete too, if it can streem from the iPod
> to a stereo and you could just look at the display in your hand,
> though I tend to think that battery life would be severly limited in
> this mode of use.

This strikes me as a likely mode of operation. The iPod already has the
form factor of a remote control and a well known UI. So it could serve
as both the controller, storage device and streamer.

Streaming could occur over Bluetooth or WiFi to some sort of slave
device that would plug into the fixed stereo. If they do Bluetooth for
headphones, then that channel is already in place. The slave device
would be just like Bluetooth headphones, only with RCA outs rather then
earbud transducers.

Battery life would be a concern. Of course it would be simple enough to
add a charging dock to the slave device as a convenient place to park
the Pod when you weren't using it as a remote.

All this being said, it would still not serve as any sort of SB
replacement. Not for me anyway. It can't store anything like my whole
library and is far from being high fidelity. Useful in a boombox sort
of way, maybe.

Though I'd have to think that folks with smaller libraries, who aren't
aware of or concerned with audio fidelity issues might find this pretty
compelling.

--rt