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dick
2008-05-20, 00:53
I've noticed mention in the odd post about a standalone unit that's able to rip, store and serve music. I guess it'll appear in some people's wishlist as an alternative to using a computer or NAS.

Well, it looks like someone's gone ahead and done it...
http://www.3ga.org.uk/home/

Clearly, to produce a consumer device that rips and tags CDs is a potential nightmare (as posts on the ripping/tagging forum will testify) so any attempt to do this on a commercial basis will have made compromises. I find it interesting to see what those decisions were. For example, rather than have the unit connect to the internet, it contains its own CD database which can be updated at a cost. It also contains a 60W amplifier.

I feel the Slim Devices platform has many advantages if Logitech decides this type of product has commercial viability (not least flac and network connectivity) so it will be interesting to see if this product is successful.

autopilot
2008-05-20, 02:30
Not only do you have to pay for the updates to the tag database, but they only release it quarterly which could be a big problem for some people. I would hope they could atleast provide a free download .iso of the CD or something, but i cant see an mention on the site. Looks like they are using the updates as an additional income revenue, which is a bit cheeky IMO.

It also does not support any lossless formats and the only lossy format it handles is MP3.

And all thats just information from their own short FAQ - so not looking promising!

Not for me, but still its an interesting device and maybe would be handy for more commercial applications, like bars and hotels.

I dont see how such as device could fit into Slim Devices portfolio - it completely contradicts their whole ethos and system.

Ripfactory
2008-05-20, 03:27
Well there is always our very own Ripserver:

www.ripfactory.com/ripserver

NAS, Ripper, Slim Server in one.

toby10
2008-05-20, 04:15
I've noticed mention in the odd post about a standalone unit that's able to rip, store and serve music. I guess it'll appear in some people's wishlist as an alternative to using a computer or NAS.

Well, it looks like someone's gone ahead and done it...
http://www.3ga.org.uk/home/

Clearly, to produce a consumer device that rips and tags CDs is a potential nightmare (as posts on the ripping/tagging forum will testify) so any attempt to do this on a commercial basis will have made compromises. I find it interesting to see what those decisions were. For example, rather than have the unit connect to the internet, it contains its own CD database which can be updated at a cost. It also contains a 60W amplifier.

I feel the Slim Devices platform has many advantages if Logitech decides this type of product has commercial viability (not least flac and network connectivity) so it will be interesting to see if this product is successful.

Looks like a simpler version of other devices that have been out for years.
Olive: http://www.olive.us/products/opus4.html?PHPSESSID=8c5cd8553be0efbbd6f2b7b216c4f 913
Yamaha: http://www.yamaha.com/yec/products/productdetail.html?CNTID=560668&CTID=5041366

dick
2008-05-20, 05:43
I think that's the key; it's aimed at being a SIMPLE device. It's unlikely to have all features that we in the Slim community want (which is why we're here in the first place) but it looks like it's aimed firmly at your average electronic device consumer. Unlike ourselves (I'm speaking for myself really) who are willing to go that extra mile for better sound quality, extensibility, etc.

Mind you, I'm sure the ripserver is simple to use ;-)