Got lots of CDs and other music?
Want to play the music instantly anywhere in the house or garden without touching a CD?
I can recommend the Logitech Squeeze box family.
These Squeezeboxes let you stream the music stored on your computer or NAS drive
direct to the Squeezebox. The Squeezebox connects to your network and you have the
option to connect directly via a LAN cable, or via wi-
You rip (convert to MP3 files) your Cds (using Windows own Media Player, or your own choice of software) and store the files in a folder on your computer. You can have as many subfolders as you like. This way you can divide the music up into different groups if you want to.
The Squeezebox connects to your computer via your network and accesses the folder
that the music is in. Depending on the Squeezebox model you have, you can scroll
through your entire collection of music using the buttons on the Squeezebox, or the
remote control. You could even use your mobile phone, such as a Blackberry to control
the Squeezebox -
If you have a ReadyNAS (a storage device containing a hard drive that connects to your network), you could copy all your music to that and as long as the NAS drive was on, you wouldn’t need the computer to be switched on. The ReadyNAS uses less power than a computer and could be left running all the time if you wanted
As the Squeezebox is connected to your network (via cable or wi-
All models let you connect the Squeezebox to your stereo / sound system -
I have the Squeezebox Wireless Network Music Player -
The All Black is a neat little device, 7½” wide, 3 3/4” high and 1” deep (+ stand at rear) and would fit in well wherever you have it Nearly half the depth is taken up by a fluorescent display that can be customised as required. Depend how you have it set up, the scrolling display can show details of the music you’re playing, the internet radio station track that is playing, time since start of the track, time since end of the track, artist, album name, track number etc.
The display is quite large and easily seen across the room. There are different levels of display brightness and you can choose various screensaver options for the display, including a blank display. Access to all the music is via the remote control. And an easy to use menu system lets you quickly get to where you want by just using a few buttons on the remote. The music files can be accessed either by going through the folder (and subfolders) on the computer in alphabetical order, or via one of several headings such as Genre, Year, Artist etc. In this case, slecting year, will let you see the albums or tracks for that year. It’s also possible to search for a specific track by just entering the name or part name directly via the remote control.
The remote control is just the right size, not too big and has a nice feel to it.
The number buttons double up as text input buttons, like a mobile keypad. There is
The All Black has a built in alarm system, and you can add alarms as you want -
There are also downloadable plug-
Like all the Squeezebox models, the All Black has a built in wireless interface for
Headphone socket -
Phono sockets, Co-
Ethernet socket -
Power supply socket -
This Squeezebox was ideal for what I wanted. I already had a standalone media play
with a built in hard drive that could play the music from the hard drive, or connect
to a computer to stream the music from there, but the problem was the built-
The Squeezebox units can be expensive, so shop around. I assume that the price shown on the Logitech site is the recommended price.
Logitech’s website gives descriptions of the models and general information
Amazon Squeezebox listing -