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Dingostrategy
2008-08-26, 06:01
Here's a potentially dumb question, but I don't find any previous threads.

With all the enthusiasm for a low-wattage storage system, but a relatively small number of punters with the capacity to create and administer a server-based system, why isn't there a LT proprietary option? Surely it can't be that hard? It would position them more closely with SONOS which by my analysis people buy because they read these forums and think a degree in IT is required to play their CD of Maroon 5 or whatever crap they're into.

Imagine a thing that looks like a SB duet reciever with swappable drive bay and upgradeable firmwear and soon. Sure beats messing about with a server from ebay. .

Dingo.

Skunk
2008-08-26, 07:01
I'd like to see something built to run SC for joe six pack as well.

Personally I'm more than happy to use whatever cheap machine I can get my hands on as a server, or better yet just run it on my desktop which will be on most of the time I'm home anyway (not to mention where I have the ripping drive conveniently mounted, softsqueeze running through the PC speakers, and tagging apps easily accessible). But for joe six pack it would be nice if the box also automatically ripped, tagged, and added albums to the library immediately.

Of course you'd still have the router factor, which was the source of most, if not all, the problems I've encountered.

Dingostrategy
2008-08-26, 07:29
All good points skunk. I guess it's a market pitch. I guess theres an argument that luring joe away from iTunes DRM and whatever pirate stuff s/he can download is tough.

I am currently debating the merits of testing my capacity with a readyNAS setup but for a common boob like me, I might waste my money when I fail. Tending instead towards a low-wattage PC such as tranquil because it's easier.

Like you, my laptop is almost always on, and I use SB for radio via SN quite a lot, too. But I'd like to separate musicserving from work, especially since its tough on the little laptop to grind away for long hours like that.

Glad at least one person agrees with my general idea. I just reckon it'd position LT/Squeeze more strongly against other more expensive systems.

y360
2008-08-26, 07:48
better read this
http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=51347

maggior
2008-08-26, 07:52
Yeah, this is a good idea, but as Skunk mentioned, the networking is another significant part of setup difficulty.

It's too bad that there isn't a larger market that would support a 3rd party putting together a server/SB package that would be reasonably priced.

For me, I enjoy the process of specing out PC and putting the pieces together. But certainly that is not for everybody (especially Mr. Joe Sixpack).

Dingostrategy
2008-08-26, 08:09
Yeah, this is a good idea, but as Skunk mentioned, the networking is another significant part of setup difficulty.

It's too bad that there isn't a larger market that would support a 3rd party putting together a server/SB package that would be reasonably priced.

For me, I enjoy the process of specing out PC and putting the pieces together. But certainly that is not for everybody (especially Mr. Joe Sixpack).

I 'enjoy' it too. The question is whether I'm successful or not!!

As for the infrant thread - thanks for the headsup. Didn't remember that though the campaign vaguely rings a bell. I don't personally see the point of using SN through a NAS. That's what I thought SN was FOR - to circumvent the local network. In any case, can't get Rhapsody outside of US (despite trying with dodgy illegal IP faking, which works, but badly due to delays and the constant feeling the cops were gonna show up at any moment).

Dingo.

iPhone
2008-08-26, 12:15
Here's a potentially dumb question, but I don't find any previous threads.

With all the enthusiasm for a low-wattage storage system, but a relatively small number of punters with the capacity to create and administer a server-based system, why isn't there a LT proprietary option? Surely it can't be that hard? It would position them more closely with SONOS which by my analysis people buy because they read these forums and think a degree in IT is required to play their CD of Maroon 5 or whatever crap they're into.

Imagine a thing that looks like a SB duet reciever with swappable drive bay and upgradeable firmwear and soon. Sure beats messing about with a server from ebay. .

Dingo.

I think another item that was in the thought process at Slim Devices was that most people today either have an old PC laying about doing nothing or at least enough spare parts to build one without buying many new parts.

The Linux site sells barebone Linus machines for under $300 and Wal-Mart sell one for under $200 that just needs another memory stick and larger drive(s). The Everex gPC2 TC2512 from Wal-Mart comes with everything but a monitor and printer. I don't need a printer for a music server and once up and running I don't need a monitor either. Granted it is not a machine for a 6000 CD library, but it would work for most folks. $200 is hard to compete with or I would be selling Music Servers!