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    Logitech divesting from some product lines

    I wonder what this will mean for the Squeezebox/UE line

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-575...nting-quarter/

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    My wild guess would be that the UE line will be dead within a year...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tamanaco View Post
    I wonder what this will mean for the Squeezebox/UE line

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-575...nting-quarter/
    "Divest" - interesting word. Presumably they're planning to sell the Harmony remotes product line. Could this be a silver lining for the Squeezebox brand? Up till now it seems they've not been prepared to let go of the rights, but could that change in light of this?

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    As we articulated when we started the third quarter, continued weakness in the global PC market was the primary factor in our disappointing Q3 results
    Yeah... I completely understand your logic then to sell the Harmony division... A division that has nothing to do with PC's...
    Personally I wouldn't be surprised if in 10 years we'll say: "Stopping their Squeezebox line marked the beginning of the end for Logitech"...
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    Quote Originally Posted by chill View Post
    "Divest" - interesting word. Presumably they're planning to sell the Harmony remotes product line. Could this be a silver lining for the Squeezebox brand? Up till now it seems they've not been prepared to let go of the rights, but could that change in light of this?
    Divest only for remote - discontinue other lines.
    "As a result, we have initiated the process to divest our remote controls and digital video security categories, and we plan to discontinue other non-strategic products, such as speaker docks and console gaming peripherals, by the end of Calendar Year 2013"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpa View Post
    Divest only for remote - discontinue other lines.
    Ah yes, you're right. Still, if UE gets the chop, their objections to passing on the rights to Squeezebox might no longer apply. I understand that previous approaches for the Squeezebox rights have been turned away, and it seems like this might have been because so much of the UE server code is common and because of the competition issues, but neither of those would be an issue if they kill the UE Radio.

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    The rebranding of squeezebox to UE is pretty lame, but UE's headphones are very good and are quite respected. You can get custom shells made from molds of your ears, which is geared mostly to the professional musician. UE had great products before Logitech bought them (sound familiar). So I would be really surprised if they shutdown UE and didn't spin it off. Logitech makes a lot of computer and dock speakers under the Logitech name, so it could be that they are dumping those, not the UE branded products.

    The silver lining here would be UE gets spun off on its own or sold to another company and since squeezebox is now part of UE, it goes along for the ride. It could still turn into a bad situation, but no worse than it is now (essentially dead, at least no future).
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    Is it just me who find this:
    the company said it plans to focus more on mobile computing, specifically tablets and smartphones.
    a bit in conflict with this:
    and we plan to discontinue other non-strategic products, such as speaker docks
    Isn't the purpose of a speaker dock a bit related to smart phones and tablets ?
    Maybe they are just saying that they will focus on wireless speakers (bluetooth, AirPlay) and plan to discontinue speaker docks which you physically dock your phone in ?

    Regarding UE:
    - UE headphones is definitely related to tablets and smartphones, so I would be surprised if they are talking about the end of the UE brand.
    - UE Smart Radio isn't mentioned at all, which could either mean that it's not big enough to be mentioned or that they are still evaluating its potential. I can't see any indication about it's future/end in the announcement.

    The Harmony remotes are still the best remote controls I've ever owned, they have revolutionized my remote control operation in the same way as Squeezeboxes have revolutionized my music listening. The fact that they talk about selling Harmony line and not discontinue it is a positive sign, it shows they are aware that it's a great product and I'm pretty sure there are other companies out there who will be able to manage the Harmony products better than Logitech have done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by erland View Post
    The Harmony remotes are still the best remote controls I've ever owned, they have revolutionized my remote control operation in the same way as Squeezeboxes have revolutionized my music listening.

    I agree wholeheartedly, Erland. And just like Squeezebox, Harmony wasn't properly supported by Logitech both in prodect development and marketing.

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    Logitech = illogical tech product decisions

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