Jackie's Virtual Playground
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!