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Greg Rowan
2004-11-21, 22:41
Hope this is the right place to post. I just found out about the Squeezebox and wondered if it would work for me. I listen to a lot of internet radio, but NOT Shoutcast. Most of my favorite stations use WMA (Radio-Canada) or MP3 (RTBF Belgium).

I have an 802.11b network and a laptop running XP Pro SP2 . Sometimes I take the laptop into my "music room" and run a cable from the laptop's earphone jack into my NAD 320BEE amplifier (which doesn't have digital in). Go ahead and laugh.

So I have a couple questions:
1. Can a Squeezebox be configured to save my favorite stations? I.e., stations that stream in WMA or MP3? I am an applications developer and don't mind a bit of tweaking or hacking.
2. Do I have to have my laptop powered on in order to play an internet radio stream through the Squeezebox?

There seems to be a good Slimdevices community here: I just could not find the answer to such a basic question.

TIA,
Greg

Jack Coates
2004-11-22, 07:46
> Hope this is the right place to post. I just found out about the
> Squeezebox and wondered if it would work for me. I listen to a lot of
> internet radio, but NOT Shoutcast. Most of my favorite stations use WMA
> (Radio-Canada) or MP3 (RTBF Belgium).
>
> I have an 802.11b network and a laptop running XP Pro SP2 . Sometimes I
> take the laptop into my "music room" and run a cable from the laptop's
> earphone jack into my NAD 320BEE amplifier (which doesn't have digital
> in). Go ahead and laugh.
>
> So I have a couple questions:
> 1. Can a Squeezebox be configured to save my favorite stations? I.e.,
> stations that stream in WMA or MP3? I am an applications developer and
> don't mind a bit of tweaking or hacking

Yes. Some jiggery pokery may be required for stations that are not already
in the library, and not all formats play cleanly on all platforms, but my
understanding is that WMA works fine when Slimserver is running on
Windows.

> 2. Do I have to have my laptop powered on in order to play an internet
> radio stream through the Squeezebox?
>

Yes. The hardware is essentially a thin client to the Slimserver software,
which needs a server to talk to. There is also a software client called
Softsqueeze included in the server software distribution, so you can
download it and try it out.

> There seems to be a good Slimdevices community here: I just could not find
> the answer to such a basic question.
>
> TIA,
> Greg

Jim
2004-11-22, 09:15
Greg Rowan wrote:
> Hope this is the right place to post. I just found out about the
> Squeezebox and wondered if it would work for me. I listen to a lot of
> internet radio, but NOT Shoutcast. Most of my favorite stations use WMA
> (Radio-Canada) or MP3 (RTBF Belgium).
>
> I have an 802.11b network and a laptop running XP Pro SP2 . Sometimes I
> take the laptop into my "music room" and run a cable from the laptop's
> earphone jack into my NAD 320BEE amplifier (which doesn't have digital
> in). Go ahead and laugh.

I think you'll be happier with a Squeezebox than using your laptop like
that... I know I was. :-)

> So I have a couple questions:
> 1. Can a Squeezebox be configured to save my favorite stations? I.e.,
> stations that stream in WMA or MP3? I am an applications developer and
> don't mind a bit of tweaking or hacking.

Yes. I believe WMA decoding requires you run Slimserver on a Windows
platform; MP3 is natively supported. I've found that MP3 stations
frequently come with a .pls playlist file, if you save that file in your
"Playlists" directory you're set.

> 2. Do I have to have my laptop powered on in order to play an internet
> radio stream through the Squeezebox?

You have to have Slimserver running on a system somewhere in the same
subnet as the Squeezebox. If that's your laptop of not is up to you.

Jim