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  1. #1
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    Jul 2009

    My Squeezebox - upcycled old IPhone & Tivoli Songbook

    Hi; just wanted to share the picture (and idea) of my newest diy squeezebox family member:
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    Its an old iPhone 4 and a Tivoli Songbook off ebay.
    The diy part is "under the hood only":
    Change to the Songbook: These were made to work with early Ipods. Although the dock is the same as on the iPhone, these old iPods were charged with 12Volt ("fire wire"); whereas the phones are charged with 5Volt ("USB"). So I added a tiny stepdown conveter and did some rewiring to the dock (super tiny connectors, a pain for my aging eyes.....), so the phone gets charged while in the dock.
    Changes to the Phone: I jailbroke the phone to be able to add the App "Airfloat", which turns the phone into an Airplay *Receiving* device. This together with Philippes great Airplay bridge Plugin turns the phone into a squeezebox - it even receives and shows the songs artwork!
    Due to the jailbreak (-> Cydia Store) was able to add a system wide equalizer software called EQE, to have better audio soundcontrol.

    This little system plays rocksolid without stuttering, is a lot of fun - and a good reuse of otherwise outdated hardware!

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    Senior Member SlimChances's Avatar
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    Apr 2005
    Looks great. Well done!
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    One wireless SB Touch connected by Optical to Sabaj A4
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    Two SB Radios wireless

  3. #3
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    Apr 2005
    For those who want to do something similar but avoid jailbreaking ... I presume that enabling the iPeng built-in player would also work well.
    Paul Webster
    Author of "Now Playing" plugins covering Radio France (FIP etc), PlanetRadio (Bauer - Kiss, Absolute, Scala, JazzFM etc), KCRW, ABC Australia and CBC/Radio-Canada
    and, via the extra "Radio Now Playing" plugin lots more - see https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...Playing-plugin

  4. #4
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    Jul 2009
    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Webster View Post
    For those who want to do something similar but avoid jailbreaking ... I presume that enabling the iPeng built-in player would also work well.
    Yes, very likely.
    I chose the (legal and reversible) jailbreak path because of the tinkering challenge :-) and the added possibilities it offers:
    Direct streaming via Airplay from another Airplay device (w/o using LMS)
    The mentioned system wide equalizer for sound adjustment
    The ability to remove all not needed personal apps (i.e.mail, telephone, messaging,...) as I intend to leave the system in a vacation home,

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