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Squeezing My Music


Your music everywhere - that's the goal of MP3tunes which recently began offering personal music lockers for free. "Everywhere" means more than your PC - and today the vision of MP3tunes takes a big step forward. Logitech, a world leader in personal peripherals, is announcing its innovative Squeezebox music appliance will connect directly with your MP3tunes Music Locker to play your songs and no PC is required.



Learn more about MP3tunes and the Squeezebox
If you haven't seen a Squeezebox, it's a $299 device not much bigger than a paperback book, with a brilliant, readable display and remote control. It connects to the Internet wirelessly and gives you instant access to your music library and certain net radio stations. Previously, Squeezebox owners were required to install software on a nearby PC before they could play their own music. If that PC got turned off or had any problems, then your music would not play. Now for the first time, the Squeezebox can connect directly to the MP3tunes Music Locker over the net - no PC required.

Using the MP3tunes Music Locker with your Squeezebox is a nifty technical achievement, but more importantly makes the Squeezebox much more versatile. Now you can install a Squeezebox in any room of your home, a remote office, or another house entirely - even if there's no PC there - and play your personal music. Of course, each Squeezebox you own can play different music simultaneously, allowing Dad to listen to classic rock while the kids listen to hip-hop. The Squeezebox is ideal for music listeners of all budgets - it can plug into a high quality stereo via digital connection or inexpensive standalone speakers. (For true audiophiles, there's the high-end Transporter with unprecedented features.)

A cool benefit of the Squeezebox and MP3tunes collaboration is how the chore of music management is simplified. Whether I make a purchase from an online store like eClassical or AnywhereCD, or sync new songs to my Locker, they are instantly available on my Squeezebox. There's even a "Newest Songs" smart playlist which automatically updates, making it easy to find the newest tunes. Quite often I'll find new music I really like and want to listen to it repeatedly. Or, maybe I want to construct a mood capturing playlist. Since I listen to music in many locations I'm burdened with constant audio housekeeping trying to keep the music on my PC, portable players, stereo, and mobile phone in sync. With the Squeezebox and the MP3tunes Music Locker, music management is centralized for the PC and stereo. If I construct a new playlist from the web interface the identical playlist is instantly available on my Squeezebox.



It's a significant advancement for MP3tunes to have a well known company like Logitech support our Music Locker. Their team did much of the engineering using our API that is a published way for any device to communicate to a MP3tunes Music Locker (we don't charge companies to use it). Our open API is what distinguishes us from Apple. Apple wants to lock customers into buying only Apple equipment to play their music. Buy iPods or AppleTV when they suits your needs, but ALSO consider choosing interoperable products. The Squeezebox's integration of the MP3tunes Music Locker places Logitech at the head of the pack for home and office web-enabled music devices. You can order your Squeezebox online here for US or International delivery. Orders received before Noon PST usually ship the same day.

-- MR

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