Slim Devices has introduced its third generation
Squeezebox, a new version of the network music player that supports Mac OS X and other platforms. Expected to begin shipping in November, the new Squeezebox is priced starting at US$249.
The Squeezebox enables you to play audio from a Mac, PC or Linux box on your home entertainment system, either stored in jukebox software or over an Internet radio station. The device displays artist and track information on an illuminated screen, and you can select what you want to listen to using a wireless remote control.
The major different in this release is a redesigned Squeezebox made of highly polished material and a brushed metal fascia. It’s been developed in four versions: black or white and wireless or wired-only configurations.
Also new to this release is SlimServer 6.2, an updated version of the software that drives the device. New in this release of the software is support for WMA radio and files, Wake-on-LAN support, support for Unicode fonts, including Chinese, Japanese and Hebrew and an extended Internet radio directory.
The wireless version — which features 802.11g connectivity — costs US$299. The wired version, which communicates over Ethernet, is $249. Either unit comes in white or black. The company has also reduced prices on the Squeezebox2 — it’s now available starting at $179.