Summary: I have several of these and found them to be great at first. Then one by one they started failing. Recently another has gone south and refuses to boot up. If only one had problems, that could be attributed to a quirk. But this is a consistent scenario. Is this a case of planned obsolescence to make us buy the new models? Does the Made in China label have something to do with it? So I dinged this two stars for lack of longevity and one star for Made in China.
Summary: I bought this Classic from fleabay (defined: caveat emptor) as a used unit w/o remote for $90 (Boulder reseller). Came w/o power adapter, but reseller apologized and promises to expedite the adapter. Logitech Harmony 880 Pro remote (a very techie device) operates this perfectly (also most/all other Harmonys, I understand). When programming the Harmony remote, select new device from "Digital Music Server"/"Logitech"/ and type-in "Squeezebox Classic".
Summary: We use this device ALL THE TIME! We have a Pandora account and play all our stations. The device is hooked up to our audio system in the family room so we're always listening to music. The pre-loaded stations are fun to browse and we have found a lot of good music. If you have a server with MP3s and FLACs, you download the Logitech Server component to the server and the Squeezebox will play music from your server too. Oh...and from your smartphone also.
Summary: This device is well design for Internet streaming, namely, radio streaming and podcasts... As a standalone it's useless for playing media files in your own network (LAN), because it lacks any protocol implementation, such as UPnP or SMB, and for playing that kind of files it depends on the installation of software in your own PC, namely the Logitech Media Server. It's here where the real problems starts, because this software is slow, unresponsive, and pretty limited.
Summary: I have three of these. Its a shame that Logitech opted to discontinue manufacture and that those still available are being marketed at a very premium price. It all goes to show that shortage of desirable products will drive up the selling price.
Summary: It is very unstable and won't hold signal. It can't keep accounts to play music and it constantly needs to be reset. When it comes to on-demand, I would just wait until you can buy something/things that will work right and suffer until that point with the garbage that we are left having to accept. When the heads discover we won't take it anymore and they lose enough money guess what?
Summary: I have had the Squeezebox Radio for almost a year. My server runs on Ubuntu LTS 10.04, and my router is a Linksys E3000. This things works about 75% of the time at best. Each time it flakes out, it requires something different to get it to work. Sometimes it is rebooting the router, sometimes the desktop, sometimes the radio, sometimes all three, etc. What fun that is, every morning spending 30 minutes running around rebooting everything.
Summary: This has got to be the coolest electronic device for music lovers ever. I now never listen to regular radio, and I get to listen to the music I want to listen too, without commercials. (with premium membership with Pandora) Endless entertainment.
Excerpt: I also think that the buttons are way to close together. I hate when my buttons are so close together that they cause me to press other buttons that I didn’t mean to press. Other than that I think that this MP3 player is a great way to listen to my music, It comes with a nice amount of space and it is almost compatible with all non- DRM audio formats. So there is flexibility and that is always a good thing.
Summary: I have just bought an Internet Radio - and I leave it playing most all night long -- and NOW i get a notice from AT&T that they are limiting usage on all accounts for internet usage and if anyone goes over a set amount they get charged extra money ... WTF????... What ever happened to the word UNLIMITED ----guess i'll just go back and find myself an old over the air Radio....Goodbye Rush...