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Markoesa
2009-03-16, 05:55
Why use the name squeezebox? What is being squeezed here? My limited english understanding would rather suggest streambox, because the box streams digital music.

Can someone come up with an explanation for the name squeezebox?

mherger
2009-03-16, 06:29
> Can someone come up with an explanation for the name squeezebox?

A musical instrument:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squeezebox

And a song by The Who:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squeeze_Box_(The_Who_song)

--

Michael

Moonbase
2009-03-16, 06:47
Also probably because the SqueezeBox (actually the server) has so much music "squeezed" into such small hardware (or discs). Fortunately, not all "squeezed" (compressed) music sounds like coming from a Squeeze Box (the instrument) :-)

Markoesa
2009-03-16, 07:27
Thank you for your insights. I'm surprised that logitech doesn't explain it on the slimdevices website.

simbo
2009-03-16, 07:52
Thank you for your insights. I'm surprised that logitech doesn't explain it on the slimdevices website.
Logitech inherited the name from SlimDevices... but it's probably just as well - it may have been called the Z-235-D. ;-)

Markoesa
2009-03-16, 07:55
Logitech inherited the name from SlimDevices... but it's probably just as well - it may have been called the Z-235-D. ;-)

Good point, I rather have a name than a serial number. I'm just curious about the name.

ps. I loved that game.

Siduhe
2009-03-16, 08:22
See Dean's answer about halfway down this old thread:

http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=24859

Markoesa
2009-03-16, 08:24
See Dean's answer about halfway down this old thread:

http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=24859

Hey, great! Thanks for finding that answer.

Labarum
2009-03-16, 08:29
I like the product very much: the name I dislike.

Squeezebox: a downmarket musical instrument.

Squeezebox is to accordion as tin-whistle is to flute; and even an accordion cannot be considered a serious musical instrument.

Not a happy set of associations for classical music lovers, and a word with no echoes in current popular music.

Markoesa
2009-03-16, 08:45
I like the product very much: the name I dislike.

Squeezebox: a downmarket musical instrument.

Squeezebox is to accordion as tin-whistle is to flute; and even an accordion cannot be considered a serious musical instrument.

Not a happy set of associations for classical music lovers, and a word with no echoes in current popular music.

I don't really have a problem with the name. But perhaps there are others who think similar, not liking the name.

Start a thread and call it: suggestions for a new name of the squeezebox.

But as stated it could be worse: a serial number.

sebp
2009-03-16, 09:09
Start a thread and call it: suggestions for a new name of the squeezebox.
Since it's just about it, I'd have simply called it "Sound" for "Slim Otherwise Uncomplete Network Device" ;)

cdmackay
2009-03-17, 04:17
Labarum wrote:
> I like the product very much: the name I dislike.
>
> Squeezebox: a downmarket musical instrument.
>
> Squeezebox is to accordion as tin-whistle is to flute; and even an
> accordion cannot be considered a serious musical instrument.

I bet that's upset a few folkies :(

so on that note; definition of a gentleman: one who knows how to play
the accordion, but refrains from so doing.

:)

cheers,
calum.

Dogberry2
2009-03-17, 09:39
Yes, and what's the difference between an accordion and a trampoline?

You take off your shoes to jump on a trampoline.

Labarum
2009-03-17, 09:42
Yes, and what's the difference between an accordion and a trampoline?

You take off your shoes to jump on a trampoline.

Oh dear, we will have the Viola jokes next.

http://www.mit.edu/~jcb/viola-jokes.html


There is an accordion concerto

http://www.sibeliusmusic.com/cgi-bin/show_score.pl?scoreid=16812

so it can't all be bad!

nacmacfeegle
2009-03-18, 02:14
"a word with no echoes in current popular music"

I can think of a few artists that have used a squeezebox to project their talents...
Arcade Fire
Tom Waits
The Pogues
Les Negresses Vertes

That said, I'd much rather hear a guitar......

Teus de Jong
2009-03-18, 02:26
A beautiful book to learn to love the squeezebox:

http://www.amazon.com/Accordion-Crimes-Annie-Proulx/dp/B000UARTD6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1237368223&sr=1-2

Or go to Paris (not the one in Texas!) on a nice summer day.

Teus

Kraken
2009-03-20, 03:56
Back to the liking or disliking of the name 'squeezebox', what I have found is that my significant other does dislike the phrase 'I love my squeezebox'. Which I admit is uttered a bit too often around my house.....

Moonbase
2009-03-23, 08:16
Hee hee :-) Hereís one for the German-speaking people: My gf likes to call it the "Quietschbox" (squeak box) partly because "Squeeze-anything" seems to be hard for some German speakers, partly because we constantly mess up "Squeezebox", "SqueezeCenter", "SoftSqueeze" and "SqueezePlay" Ö now itís "quietsching" all over :-)) [though she admits thereís not a bit of "squeaky" SOUND coming out of these, and is actually impressed]

Dogberry2
2009-03-23, 08:31
Hee hee :-) Hereís one for the German-speaking people: My gf likes to call it the "Quietschbox" (squeak box)Could that be related to the "kvetchbox"? There seems to be a lot of kvetching on the forums lately. :)

4mula1
2009-03-23, 10:48
"Thank you for contacting Logitech support, my name is Dogberry2, how may I assist you?"

[in a German accent] "My 'Quietschbox' has starting kvetching. What can I do about it?"


Just planting the seed of another tech support nightmare for ya, Dogberry. Enjoy.

For reference: Past nightmare (http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=56600).

GeeJay
2009-03-23, 21:16
I love the name myself. It's playful and indicates a company that doesn't (or didn't, since it's now owned by someone else) take itself too seriously. Good marketing to come up with something that people can remember..."Logitech Digital Audio Streaming Device" doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.

Of course, I'm a big fan of The Who, so it would make sense that I'm fond of the neame.

Dogberry2
2009-03-23, 21:22
"Thank you for contacting Logitech support, my name is Dogberry2, how may I assist you?"

[in a German accent] "My 'Quietschbox' has starting kvetching. What can I do about it?"


Just planting the seed of another tech support nightmare for ya, Dogberry. Enjoy.

For reference: Past nightmare (http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=56600).
I was just making a play on words. The Yiddish "kvetch" is cognate with the German "quetschen" and both mean "squeeze". It was just a pun, is all.

Moonbase
2009-03-24, 07:58
And itís really impressive what they have been kvetching into such a small-footprint device, without any of it actually quietsching :-) Now letís squeeze the most great audio out of this :-)

[scnr]