Jackie's Virtual Playground

Squeeze me!

I’ve been dying to get my hands on a Squeezebox for ages, and this weekend I did! If you don’t know what the hell I’m talking about, a Squeezebox is a sleek, sexy looking little contraption that wirelessy streams your music collection anywhere in your house, with a little help from the Slimserver software.


I must admit that before it was delivered I was having some doubts about quality loss, but I have to say the quality is fantastic (I have it hooked up to our JVC home theatre system). Even the internet radio streams sound really good. A nice little bonus for me is that it also works with last.fm so my listening habits are still tracked (quite why that’s so important to me I don’t know, but since I began using the service last year I’ve become strangely addicted to it).

The only downside to it is that you still need to use a seperate programme to compile playlists. Well, you don’t, but to do it with any ease you will – it’s ridiculously fiddly to compile a playlist with either the player or the slimserver when you have a large music collection. Luckily I’d already compiled a few in MediaMonkey so it wasn’t too much of a problem for me, I just exported then imported the .m3u file.

Other than the playlist thing though, I couldn’t be happier – I feel like a pig in muck!


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  2. Erik says:

    Geeky! I’d definitely consider one of those if I had a larger appartment heh. What’s the range on this thing?

  3. Mike says:

    ooo, nice gadget!

  4. Zenith says:

    I’m not sure what the exact range is, but put it this way – my music is all stored on a PC in our spare bedroom, and the squeezebox is downstairs in the lounge. So different floors, and opposite ends of the house too. I’ve not noticed any quality loss or sound breaks or anything.

    I lub it. :)

  5. Scouser says:

    Did you know you can also set it up to receive your favourite webcasts?

  6. Zenith says:

    Yes, that’s something I forgot to mention. Probably because I never listen to webcasts so it didn’t occur to me. :)

    I know podcasts and webcasts and stuff are hip and with it and all that, but it’s not something that really appeals to me that much.

  7. saltydog says:

    Got a couple of these myself. They are priceless for music lovers, even audiophiles.


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