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Roger Mitchell
2004-10-11, 00:36
Everything was going well until you got to the last 2 sentences. The comment
about Roku - what possible use was that??! With that attitude you must be
either British or French. Get real, people use other peoples ideas all the
time. It's the way the world works!

Regards
Roger, UK

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[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of Jason
Sent: 11 October 2004 04:43
To: 'Slim Devices Discussion'
Subject: [slim] Squeezebox vs. SoundBridge - reviews anywhere?

The only way for Soundbridge to get Squeezebox type function is by them
latching on to the Slim Server software. Slim Server does not support the
Soundbridge so if you want full compatibility, guarentee of plugins working,
future proofing, etc, you are pretty much on your own.

The other way the Soundbridge works is through iTunes. One additional
thing, Roku does not pay Slim Devices a red cent for their use of Slim
Server and does not even give them any credit for developing it. In my
opinion this makes them wankers and I would not give them any of my money.

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[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of Oscar Fowler
Sent: Sunday, October 10, 2004 4:52 PM
To: discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
Subject: [slim] Squeezebox vs. SoundBridge - reviews anywhere?

I'm looking for some comparisons between the two devices. I currently have
a Squeezebox which I'm quite happy with, but I was thinking of getting a
second device for another room in the house, and the look of the SoundBridge
would work better there. I'm not willing to sacrifice on functionality,
though. Comments?

Oscar Fowler
2004-10-11, 21:23
Everyone: thanks for your input on this. I figured it'd be a touchy
subject, but I was curious to know if there were any technical issues to
take into account. The moral issues to fit into my equation on the
matter, it's just that I like to take as many aspects of the issue into
consideration before making a decision.

Anyway, your thoughts, while mostly on the morality of the situation,
have helped me make up my mind on the matter. Although SlimDevices
seems like a great company, and I want them to succeed and plan to
support them as much as is reasonable, ultimately my decision is a
little more selfish: is the Roku product the right one for me? I do
like the design of it, but on the negative side, I don't like the
company much. A company that supports its user base and is open with
them is pretty high on my list of qualifications, and so it seems that
Roku is off the list for now. We'll see if they change their ways in
the future.

Looks like I'm ordering another Squeezebox soon...

-Oscar

seanadams
2004-10-11, 22:26
Oscar,

There are some very important technical issues to consider. I haven't
spent a great deal of time with the soundbridge, but here's what I
know:

slimserver software: slimserver is not supported on their hardware by
us OR EVEN BY THEM. It *barely* works on the soundbridge anyway, and
even then only with older features of the server. Newer features like
graphics and fonts are totally unsupported. Furthermore, the UI
response is very slow because the display they're using was not
designed to support any kind of animation. Basically they claim
slimserver support so they can have a laundry list of features, but it
doesn't really work.

itunes software: their iTunes software is extremely weak. The UI on the
client is not well thought out, and having iTunes as the server
severely limits what the box can do. It doesn't even play Apple
Lossless, let alone non-Apple formats like Flac, WMA etc. Also there is
no way to control it except from the IR remote (no web interface, and
you can't control it in iTunes). "Work with iTunes" is very misleading
- in fact the iTunes functionality is WAY less than you get with our
software.

remote: the remote is extremely poorly designed (this is not just my
humble opinion - you will see this sentiment echoed by owners of their
hd1000 product). It is ergonomically terrible and functionally
inadequate.

Those are the top 3 technical issues that come to mind. I have a long
list but I'd rather not tell those guys specifically how to fix their
product.

Of course there are more issues with that company - look at how they
support their first customers who bought their HD picture viewer (which
was originally supposed to play movies, but they never got that to work
right despite claiming it as a feature since day 1). It looks like v1.x
is all you get- don't hold out for future improvements.


On Oct 11, 2004, at 9:23 PM, Oscar Fowler wrote:

> Everyone: thanks for your input on this. I figured it'd be a touchy
> subject, but I was curious to know if there were any technical issues
> to
> take into account. The moral issues to fit into my equation on the
> matter, it's just that I like to take as many aspects of the issue into
> consideration before making a decision.
>
> Anyway, your thoughts, while mostly on the morality of the situation,
> have helped me make up my mind on the matter. Although SlimDevices
> seems like a great company, and I want them to succeed and plan to
> support them as much as is reasonable, ultimately my decision is a
> little more selfish: is the Roku product the right one for me? I do
> like the design of it, but on the negative side, I don't like the
> company much. A company that supports its user base and is open with
> them is pretty high on my list of qualifications, and so it seems that
> Roku is off the list for now. We'll see if they change their ways in
> the future.
>
> Looks like I'm ordering another Squeezebox soon...
>
> -Oscar
>
>