Squeezebox networked music player

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Networked music players that can play MP3 files or CDs from your PC on your hi-fi look like being one of the hottest product categories for 2004. We’ve already looked at Philips’ Streamium and network media adaptors from Linksys and Hauppauge (which can also be used for sending JPEG images).

Now we’ve heard about a new networked player from the US that we can’t wait to get hold of (thanks to www.automatedhome.co.uk for the tip-off). It’s called the Squeezebox and is from Slim Devices. Building on the success of the SLIMMP3, the new model features 802.11b/g connectivity and is compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux platforms.

The device comes with a number of cool software packages including ‘SlimServer’, a program that can convert your entire PC’s music library into an Internet radio station. This can then be accessed from any computer over the Internet using a WinAmp or iTunes player.

It’s available for $299 in the US, but details for UK distribution haven’t been announced yet.
www.slimdevices.com

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