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Mark Miksis
2009-09-02, 12:48
Press Release:
http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/172/6222&cl=us,en

Product Information:
http://www.logitechsqueezebox.com/products/squeezebox-touch.html

gfuchs
2009-09-03, 06:07
The press release states availability for the Touch as December?
Some of the retailers were already showing it as in stock.

aubuti
2009-09-03, 06:12
The press release states availability for the Touch as December?
Some of the retailers were already showing it as in stock.
Some probably do have it in stock, like the one who accidentally shipped one in August, as reported in a thread in these forums. But the software and firmware are still not "ready for prime time", so that's why the wait until December.

One of the things I find amazing about these devices is how much can be done via software and firmware, like reducing the Boom's power consumption by 50% through changes to the firmware.

gfuchs
2009-09-03, 07:09
Oh well, a little disappointing that it won't be until Dec.
Thinking the release was imminent I ordered one from one of the retailers that had it “in stock” (e….com). I just went round and round with their customer support trying to cancel it.
She still insisted it was going to ship "today".

funkstar
2009-09-03, 07:33
Oh well, a little disappointing that it won't be until Dec.
Thinking the release was imminent I ordered one from one of the retailers that had it “in stock” (e….com). I just went round and round with their customer support trying to cancel it.
She still insisted it was going to ship "today".
Well it might ship today, but you are in effect receiving a beta product that they are not supposed to sell until Logitech tell them they can.

maggior
2009-09-05, 19:19
With all due respect to all involved, I don't perceive as much passion about this new release as with those in the past. A good example of what I'm talking about is Dean's posting about the Duet when it was released:
http://forums.slimdevices.com/showpost.php?p=254747&postcount=53

From reading the forums you can tell that the community is fired up. However, I don't get a sense of the same passion as we've seen before from Logitech. I thought it was quite impressive that Dean made that post regarding the Duet. It demonstrated the passion of the company behind the product and appreciation for the (continued) involvement of the community.

Dean's post put a human face behind the product, rather than it being produced by some cold faceless corporation.

It's probably a sign of the way things will be now that Sean and Dean have left Logitech. It's a shame because the personality that they added was part of the appeal of the product for me. I'm still a fan of the products, but something is missing now for me.

Mark Miksis
2009-09-05, 20:00
Interesting feedback, thanks. I can assure you that everyone in the company is very exited about these products both in terms of how cool they are as well as the business opportunity they present (which will allow more new cool things in the future). I guess would add:

- Since I started this thread, I will take responsibility for the fact that I can sometimes be terse. I'll try to do better next time :)
- Two major new products are being released at almost the same time. Don't be surprised that some of the engineering team that you've gotten to know are spending more time right now preparing for a successful release.

With all due respect to Dean and Sean, neither their departure or the Logitech acquisition has diminished anyone's passion.

Goodsounds
2009-09-05, 20:58
Everyone's probably numbed by the excessive hype we're subjected to, so that communications without hype seem bland. But perhaps a display of a bit more excitement might have been good.

Paul Webster
2009-09-06, 03:26
Plus, given the amount of accurate discussion beforehand covering many months - including pictures mistakenly leaked from Logitech sites - then I think that the willingness to be hyped up again was low.
I think the excitement in the Squeezebox community can be shown by the 46 pages of posts here
http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=64706&page=46

funkstar
2009-09-06, 05:54
One thing I will say, is that traffic on the forums seems to have increased a great deal this past week :)

I wasn't on all of yesterday, and came back to have 7 pages in my "New Posts" search since Friday evening!

maggior
2009-09-06, 18:35
Hi Mark -

I'm very glad that you took this in the spirit which was intended. I'm glad to hear that there is indeed excitement behind the scenes.

I wish you the best with this release! There are some real interesting possibilities here. This update to the product line will hopefully draw in new SB users. It'll be interesting to see what happens to the forum traffic once the SBT is shipping.

Guess I'll have get in touch (an unintentional pun, sorry :-) with an architect to start plans for a new addition to provide a new room in need of a squeezebox :-).

Cheers!
Rich


Interesting feedback, thanks.
<snip>
I guess would add:

- Since I started this thread, I will take responsibility for the fact that I can sometimes be terse. I'll try to do better next time :)
- Two major new products are being released at almost the same time. Don't be surprised that some of the engineering team that you've gotten to know are spending more time right now preparing for a successful release.

Mark Lanctot
2009-09-08, 11:56
Plus, given the amount of accurate discussion beforehand covering many months - including pictures mistakenly leaked from Logitech sites - then I think that the willingness to be hyped up again was low.

Yes, these leaks kind of deflated the surprise factor.

bbfoto
2009-09-08, 16:01
Yes, these leaks kind of deflated the surprise factor.

The surprise, yes, but not the interest or excitement here. ;)

I feel that all of the discussion here about the Touch even before it has been formally released will give Logitech good insight as to which features are of most interest to potential buyers (both 1st time NMP purchasers and existing customers looking to upgrade.) It will give you an earlier indication of why the Touch was or will be a successful, or not so successful, product.

The Product Planners will know that much sooner which features and capabilities should be implemented in future products or upgrades...where they got it wrong, and where they got it right. Unfortunately, it also gives the competition valuable insight, which I feel ultimately benefits us, but maybe not so much Logitech.

It is amazing how much can be done or changed just by upgrading the Firmware and Software alone, so it will be very interesting to see the full capabilities of the Touch upon its release. For example, if you are familiar with it, look at the features and usability changes in the the iPhone 3G going from v1 to v3. I realize that it's a much different device, but...

/end of rant

Billy B.

Nonreality
2009-09-10, 21:23
I think this is a very cool device. I don't think it offers "me" anything to upgrade, but for new buyers I'm sure it does. I've never ever had the need to touch my sb3. Album art on it would not be seen by my present situation. 24/94 I'm sure is nice but 24/48 now sounds just fine. I do like the idea of using memory cards but probably would never do that. But like I say it looks fantastic and if I was just buying I think those things would suck me in. Just not enough in my present condition to upgrade mind you. But that's not a notion on it just on me. Very fine job you guys and gals!

ps: please keep the classic with maybe a slight upgrade.

Nonreality
2009-09-10, 21:32
Interesting feedback, thanks. I can assure you that everyone in the company is very exited about these products both in terms of how cool they are as well as the business opportunity they present (which will allow more new cool things in the future). I guess would add:

- Since I started this thread, I will take responsibility for the fact that I can sometimes be terse. I'll try to do better next time :)
- Two major new products are being released at almost the same time. Don't be surprised that some of the engineering team that you've gotten to know are spending more time right now preparing for a successful release.

With all due respect to Dean and Sean, neither their departure or the Logitech acquisition has diminished anyone's passion.

I guess I already blew this idea but how about a trade in program? I probably wouldn't but who knows? Maybe something that gives a wonderful amount for old sb's. Wouldn't hurt much and it would get the ball rolling. Just an idea. An addon idea, If you have a registered recent product, no trade in needed but a 20% discount to those adding on for a month or two to get the ball rolling. Again just an idea for you to get an impact.

iPhone
2009-09-11, 09:24
I guess I already blew this idea but how about a trade in program? I probably wouldn't but who knows? Maybe something that gives a wonderful amount for old sb's. Wouldn't hurt much and it would get the ball rolling. Just an idea. An addon idea, If you have a registered recent product, no trade in needed but a 20% discount to those adding on for a month or two to get the ball rolling. Again just an idea for you to get an impact.

This is a $300 retail unit not a home or automobile with thousands of dollars of margin. What are they going to do with traded in SB3s? Recycle them? It would cost less just to let you keep it. As for me, nobody is getting any of my SB3s.

20% off is $60 and Logitech usually offers free shipping on all pre-orders which probably puts that at $70 of a $300 retail product. Just my opinion, but not a good idea when the whole idea of selling from the Logitech website is so the Company gets full retail instead of the wholesale for the units that go to Best Buy. And if I am paying retail, I would rather give my money to the company that is going to support me then to Best Buy or Amazon! You guys trying to save a few bucks buying from Amazon think about that. Buying from the Logitech website is better for you and the future of Squeezebox in the long run.

Now maybe a $20 loyalty coupon and free shipping for anybody that has bought a Squeezebox in the last two years.

snarlydwarf
2009-09-11, 09:55
Now maybe a $20 loyalty coupon and free shipping for anybody that has bought a Squeezebox in the last two years.

While your points are totally valid...

The Touch is just damned sexy. I don't think it really needs a promo.

The Radio in some ways is even sexier... I was thinking of one for the kitchen but now I'm thinking I need one at work.

I don't see myself madly replacing my existing stuff: they work fine and do more than they do when I bought them. But augmenting? Well, yeah, that is gonna happen somehow, even if I have to add on to the house to get it.

(Headline: Housing Remodels on the Upswing, Economy Saved, Logitech Credited).

Maybe we can get some ObamaBucks to stimulate the economy.

[It's Friday, I'm sleepy, and don't feel like smiling. Figure it out yourself.]

iPhone
2009-09-11, 20:01
While your points are totally valid...

The Touch is just damned sexy. I don't think it really needs a promo.

The Radio in some ways is even sexier... I was thinking of one for the kitchen but now I'm thinking I need one at work.

I don't see myself madly replacing my existing stuff: they work fine and do more than they do when I bought them. But augmenting? Well, yeah, that is gonna happen somehow, even if I have to add on to the house to get it.

(Headline: Housing Remodels on the Upswing, Economy Saved, Logitech Credited).

Maybe we can get some ObamaBucks to stimulate the economy.

[It's Friday, I'm sleepy, and don't feel like smiling. Figure it out yourself.]

I also agree about not needing to discount the Touch or Squeezebox Radio as in my opinion they will be hot sellers out of the gate. I forgot to put that in my post, but as anyone can see by my saying buy from the Logitech Website, that I think full retail is appropriate at this time. Got caught up in the spirit of NonReality's post looking for a possible way to increase sales to current Squeezebox owners and forgot to finish off my post with the same opinion that I feel no discount(ing) is needed any time soon. Its going to be the silly season when it is released after all.

cheetah
2009-10-03, 17:22
is iTouch out in the market for sales already or in Dec?

It appears someone already got them on the street. i still cannot find it here in hong kong.

toby10
2009-10-03, 17:40
Touch (not iTouch) will not be available till Dec at the earliest, at best.

808htfan
2009-10-03, 19:25
When the Touch is available, will it be at Best Buy too?

funkstar
2009-10-04, 01:16
When the Touch is available, will it be at Best Buy too?
I would assume so. The other players are available though Best Buy, so I can't see why the Touch wouldn't be.

Caad
2010-02-19, 00:58
Hi..
It is now FEB 2010
Does anybody knows what makes the launch of the "Touch" delayed and when will it be Launched?

Phil Leigh
2010-02-19, 01:08
Hi..
It is now FEB 2010
Does anybody knows what makes the launch of the "Touch" delayed and when will it be Launched?

No definite launch date yet - waiting for the Software version 7.5 final release.

agentsmith
2010-02-20, 08:24
This is deja vu Windoze 95

jeanwedding
2010-02-22, 18:48
I too hope BB carries the Touch. Cause I like their free interest plan for so many months of financing over $250 order.
I returned the 2 booms and the other Radio.that I ordered thru their website. Cause the Touch sounds great . Course I still hav my first Radio.

mlsstl
2010-02-22, 20:10
I too hope BB carries the Touch. Cause I like their free interest plan for so many months of financing over $250 order.

If I'm not mistaken, the new credit rules that took effect today now prohibit the no-interest purchase plans.

nolesrule
2010-02-22, 20:51
Deferred interest plans were not prohibited. But they can be risky if you don't know what you're doing and don't pay the balance off by the deadline..

mlsstl
2010-02-23, 09:24
Deferred interest plans were not prohibited. But they can be risky if you don't know what you're doing and don't pay the balance off by the deadline..

Thanks for the info.

Apparently some news reports, including the one I saw, were erroneous. However, there have been some changes by the Fed on how they can be advertised. The rules are much stricter now.

See http://ecreditdaily.com/2010/02/credit-card-laws-clarify-interest-ads-bans-0-term/

nolive
2010-03-04, 12:36
"Cher client,

Vous avez commandé il y a quelque temps la nouvelle Squeezebox Touch dans notre magasin. Nous focalisons tous nos efforts sur la sortie de ce nouveau produit et souhaitons commercialiser un produit de haute qualité. Bien qu'il nous soit difficile de donner une date précise, nous espérons que le produit sera prêt entre le mois d'avril et le mois de mai.

Nous vous informerons dès la mise en vente du produit et vous demandons de bien vouloir patienter. Pour vous remercier, nous vous offrons une remise de 20 % sur n'importe quel produit de notre magasin. Restez à l'écoute.
"


I just receive this mail from Logitech. SB Touch in april or may 2010 !

iwannatouch
2010-03-04, 14:27
Not to rain on your parade, but the email you quote says "we hope that the product will be ready between the months of April and May." Seems far from definite to me.

Sakkerju
2010-03-29, 02:00
Not to rain on your parade, but the email you quote says "we hope that the product will be ready between the months of April and May." Seems far from definite to me.

And they didn't even mention "2010" in the mail, so it covers :-(

"...prêt entre le mois d'avril et le mois de mai."