Fremont, Calif. - Logitech's Squeezebox lineup of networked music players will get its first two models equipped with color LCD displays, one of which will also feature LCD-touchscreen controls.
Like other Logitech Squeezebox models, the $299-suggested touchscreen-equipped Squeezebox Touch and the new $199 Squeezebox Radio stream DRM-free music stored on a network PC via wired Ethernet or built-in wireless 802.11g. Squeezebox models also stream hundreds of Internet radio stations via networked broadband modem and such Internet music services as Rhapsody, Napster, Pandora, Slacker and Sirius Internet Radio.
Both ship in September.
The $299 Squeezebox Touch Wi-Fi music player connects to existing stereo systems or to powered speakers, as did the $299 Squeezebox Classic that it will replace. The Touch features 4.3-inch color touchscreen to select and play music and view album art and photos. It supports a variety of digital music files, including high-data-rate compressed files, uncompressed files and losslessly compressed files.
Compared to the Classic, the Squeezebox Touch adds color touchscreen, viewing of PC-stored photos and photos from photo-sharing site Flickr, and USB port and SD card slot to access music and pictures stored on flash drives or memory cards.
The $199 Squeezebox Radio, a tabletop radio with amplifier and single two-way speaker, will join the $299 Squeezebox Boom tabletop radio, which features amplifier and two speakers. The new 5.12-inch by 8.66-inch by 5.04-inch Squeezebox Radio, available in black or red, adds a color screen with ability to display album art, photos from Flickr and photo screen savers.
Both new models also feature a new social-networking feature that lets Facebook users share music recommendations, view friends' recommendations and view photos from Flickr as a slideshow.
Logitech's existing Duet wireless multi-room-audio system also has been upgraded with Facebook and, on its handheld controller, the ability to display photos from Flickr and a networked PC.