View Full Version : Some comments from the field

Reckase, Erik Nathan
2003-12-04, 16:03
I received this quote from someone that I told about the Squeezebox:

"A word to the Slim Devices people: 'Fire your marketing people. I had to
read a Slashdot review before I discovered that you actually supported Ogg
Vorbis and FLAC. Even on your own damn webpage, it wasn't mentioned until I
took a look at the hardware specs. My first impression upon visiting your
web page was, 'Oh gee, another hardware mp3 player, but with a different

I have to agree - we need to push the multi-format aspect of the Squeezebox
much harder on the front page.

Caleb Epstein
2003-12-05, 06:40
On Thu, Dec 04, 2003 at 04:03:38PM -0700, Reckase, Erik Nathan wrote:

> I have to agree - we need to push the multi-format aspect of the
> Squeezebox much harder on the front page.

I would suggest that you especially hype:

* Support for lossless audio formats (FLAC, SHN [I'm working
on this], APE?, etc.)

* Gapless playback of PCM audio streams. This is a big win
for people who have lots of live-concert recordings. These
tend to be the same people who want the first feature.

* Digital output with NO resampling or sample rate conversion

* Open Source server software

* Active user community contributing enhancements

The live-convert taping/trading community is a
decent-sized pocket of enthusiasts (cf. etree.org,
furthurnet.com, etc.) that would LOVE the Squeezebox. I'd
know. I'm one of them.

Personally, I'd been pretty keen on the SliMP3 player since
I'd first found out about it, but the limitations of
fixed-wire ethernet and MP3-only held me back. The Squeezebox
is a killer device to me, and the addition of the digi-out is
pure gravy. I bought one the moment I saw it.

I've been hyping this thing to my etree.org buddies since the
day I found out about it, and I'm hopeful there will be one or
two more sales from my efforts. Unfortunately the $300 price
tag puts a few people off, but the hardware feature set is
causing everyone to drool.

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