Product Type: Logitech portable radios
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Logitech Squeezebox Radio
Member Name: robertjb
Logitech Squeezebox Radio
Advantages: Plenty of services, alarm clock functionality, stream own music, decent sound quality
Disadvantages: No normal FM tuner or DAB functionality, requires internet, no remote, cumbersome text entry
Streaming music is one of the latest trends to sweep through the world particularly with the advent of services such as Spotify and even LoveFilm for you guessed it films. Well the Logitech Squeezebox Radio does a good job of streaming music and radio to your ears. It measures 130 x 220 x 85mm which is a reasonable size for a radio but if you're looking for amazing sound quality then you may be looking in the wrong place. Something that probably should be pointed out first of all is that you MUST have the internet to actually use the radio otherwise it won't work. There is no FM tuner or DAB service, it's a streaming device only so you must have wireless internet in your home for this device to be of any use!
Adding the radio to your wireless internet is very similar to adding printers and other devices simply follow the instructions on the device and when prompted and if necessary enter in your wireless password and you should be good to go!
The best feature on the device by far is the ability to play any songs that you have stored on your PC. It doesn't matter where it is stored on your PC or if it is stored on several PCs the Squeezebox will find it and let you listen. BUT unfortunately you have to have the PC on to be able to access the music so you will have to consider electricity bills or perhaps whether you would just be better listening to the music through your PC in the first place.
The radio selections are excellent and very varied, you can search by filters like location or genre and considering the fact that there are thousands of internet stations I doubt you will be stuck for something interesting or enjoyable to listen to. As a bonus you can also access service like Last.FM (tracks your listening habits) and other premium streaming services like Pandora and Rhapsody if it takes your fancy. There really is no limit to the amount of choice you have regarding the music you listen to.
Other features included on the squeezebox is the ability for it to function as an alarm clock. I use this quite a lot as you can actually choose what you want to listen to when the alarm goes off! The quality of sound is good for a radio system especially considering it is a mono speaker but cannot compete with proper stereo systems.
The negatives of the squeezebox are the lack of a remote. You can purchase one but it would have been nice to have one included in the box. And finally the text entry can be cumbersome and frustrating at times!
However these are small gripes and if you love your internet radio and streaming music I don't think there is a better option on the market right now
Summary: One of the most complete music streaming devices available!
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