The SqueezeBox is dead; long live the VidaBox OpenSqueeze Solo

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2013 - 04:32 PM |
Tagged: audio, VidaBox, OpenSqueeze Solo, squeezebox

LogiTech's decision to discontinue the SqueezeBox upset a lot of people, enough that the folks at VidBox designed replacement hardware for use with your MySqueezeBox account.  It comes with two USB ports and HDMI, though you may end up filling one with a USB WiFi adapter as wireless connectivity is not included.  You can use the familiar Logitech Media Server as an interface to the OpenBox and should be able to recover everything available on your previous account.  Check out more at MadShrimps.

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"The OpenSqueeze Solo streaming media player is VidaBox's solution for the discontinued Logitech Squeezebox community and fans. We compare this little box which has some unique and interesting feature to other popular solutions for getting audio sources played through your favorite speaker set."

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Source: MadShrimps

The firmware is a little soft but Patriot's Javelin S4 serves up media quite nicely

Subject: Systems | December 7, 2011 - 05:12 PM |
Tagged: squeezebox, Patriot Javelin S4 Media Server, patriot, itunes, htpc, DLNA

Media servers are becoming a hot item on the market, offering nearly all of the flexibility of a full HTPC with nearly none of the required setup.  The Patriot Javelin S4 Media Server is no exception, with the ability to interface with iTunes and Squeezebox as well as being compatible with DNLA and UPnP.  With a possible 12TB of storage possible, the actual product ships empty which does keep the entry price down.  Powered by a PowerPC based AMCC 800MHz 431EXr and with the proprietary OS installed on 128MB of flash memory it can accept up to four HDDs formatted as FAT32, EXT2, EXT3 or NTFS, in a variety of RAID flavours.  Check out X-bit Labs for the full breakdown of this devices capabilities.

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"If you have a lot of digital media, such as music, videos and photos, then Patriot claims they have a perfect solution for you. With room to accommodate four 3.5-inch hard drives and additional external expansion via USB 2.0 and eSATA ports, the Javelin S4 can pack up to 12TB of storage capacity into a small form factor chassis. Integrated DLNA-compatible streaming, Apple iTunes server, Squeezebox Server and UPnP capabilities allow seamless connection to PC, Mac and home electronics devices."

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Source: X-Bit Labs