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mortslim
2012-09-03, 13:05
Maybe a more realistic approach to keeping mysqueezebox.com viable is to appeal to the profit incentive of ONE online service to take over. Say, ask Rhapsody if it is interested in managing mysqueezebox.com in return for it being the EXCLUSIVE online service?

If Rhapsody calculates that it can keep and grow more subscriptions than its costs of maintaining mysqueezebox.com, then Rhapsody might be interested.

In fact, Logitech should consider a partnership with Rhapsody before throwing the baby out with the bathwater (whatever that means).

This may be more practical than asking users to donate to an ongoing operation. Who would do the billing and accounting? Who would do the software updates? Who would interface with the online services as API's evolve? Who would protect the intellectual property of the online services? It would really be asking for volunteers which is not viable for an ongoing dependable service.

On another thread there was a discussion about Logitech selling mysqueezebox.com and LMS (Logitech Media Server), but it might be more practical for Logitech to PARTNER with an online service. A partnership keeps Logitech's options open in case it evolves its squeezebox product line into new directions or back into the old model in the future. Logitech would be able to hedge its bets while offloading to Rhapsody, for example, the day-to-day maintenance responsibilities.

simbo
2012-09-03, 13:12
This is only a short hop away from seeing Rhapsody-branded players on the shelves, manufactured by Logitech. Bear in mind Logitech (used to?) make mice etc for Microsoft, so it's not an area that's alien to them.

I'd need to think about the pros and cons (to us as consumers) to your idea, but my knee-jerk feeling is a negative one - I don't like the idea of being tied into a single online service, especially as it's an emerging area that still has a lot of potential for growth and innovation.

castalla
2012-09-03, 16:29
This is only a short hop away from seeing Rhapsody-branded players on the shelves, manufactured by Logitech. Bear in mind Logitech (used to?) make mice etc for Microsoft, so it's not an area that's alien to them.

I'd need to think about the pros and cons (to us as consumers) to your idea, but my knee-jerk feeling is a negative one - I don't like the idea of being tied into a single online service, especially as it's an emerging area that still has a lot of potential for growth and innovation.

I already commented on this when it was raised - in another thread. It's a bad idea! Goes against the general trend of streaming services. Only Rhapsody users would buy the devices! Why not let Tunein run it? or MOG .... and so it goes.

This idea doesn't have legs to run - I hope!

Mnyb
2012-09-03, 17:34
Problematic from an international perspective too