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Lee Edward Armstrong
2004-10-19, 02:28
Hi there,

On Mon, Oct 18, 2004 at 09:31:08AM +0100, Steven Moore wrote:

>> I've been reading the discussion list posts now for a couple of weeks
>> and I am rather put off buying a squeezebox because of all the problems
>> that are coming up. There was a post by Neil that complained his box
>> (slimp 3) never worked properly.
>>
>> Would you sill recommend the squeezebox, or should I hold off?
>
Personaly i think the thing rocks, particularly with the right music =;-)

I'd agree this list is for the more techy minded, people with probs and
developers...its also where you hear the latest additions to what this
little marvel can do and will do shortly.

If your unsure about the squeezebox, do a dry run, the software is free
and easy to install, so give it a go. Install the server, link it to
your MP3s and see if you like the server, playlist creation and that
everything works. You can also install SoftSqueeze, which is a software
squeezebox - Its pretty good and you can run it on the same machine, or
if you have another PC on your network (i do) you can link it accross
and test network capability. While the softsqueeze is excelent, its not
as quick as the hardware solution and the remote is onscreen which is
definatly less tactile, but it gives a good idea.

So actualy you can even try before you buy !

Cya,
Lee

Nick Lewis
2004-10-19, 08:41
> On Mon, Oct 18, 2004 at 09:31:08AM +0100, Steven Moore wrote:
>
>>> I've been reading the discussion list posts now for a couple of weeks
>>> and I am rather put off buying a squeezebox because of all the problems
>>> that are coming up. There was a post by Neil that complained his box
>>> (slimp 3) never worked properly.
>>>
>>> Would you sill recommend the squeezebox, or should I hold off?
>>
To add to some already good advice, when looking into options to buy earlier
this year, I ended up ordering both a squeezebox and the Netgear Mp101.
Although the squeezebox seemed to have some benefits the cost difference
made me wonder about the netgear. While waiting for both to arrive I
installed Slimserver and was immediately impressed with the server software,
on arrival the netgear never came out of the shrinkwrap for 3 weeks!!
Although the ongoing development of software at SlimDevices might put you
off believe me the netgear's software seems to have been static in releases
since june, which would be fine if it worked. Thinking back to my first
experiences with the squeezebox, the only issues I had were the age of my PC
running the software not being quite up to transcoding file formats and
ripping my CD collection in the best format to support gapless playback from
mixed CD's. Other firms seem to be bringing out products now too but as far
as the Netgear box goes it seems to be a ill though out, badly neglected
product offering having no ongoing development being shown.

Now, after spending 300 on a Shuttle XPC case and hardware to run Linux
slimserver works effortlessly, I only ever bother upgrading to the release
software versions to stay up to date, and two squeezeboxes serve music to
two rooms in a mid size restaurant & nightclub before the DJ's show up.
Plus on sundays I can listen to the music library from my laptop at home
with Softsqueeze.

Now I wouldn't ever thinking of buying anything else and wouldn't relish
having to set up a different product either!