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Logitech Squeezebox Touch Wireless Music Streamer

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Design

The Touch form factor looks very similar to those who have seen the previous models from Squeezebox, but has a few very big changes. The most obvious new feature is the 4.3", touch sensitive LCD on the front. Compared to previous versions, this gives you more information on the music you are currently listening to, in addition to full color album art, and allows you to fully control the system without any other input device. It also includes a remote for easy control from across the room, and there are many remote control applications available for the iPhone or for Android phones as well. The player itself is built really well, feeling incredibly sturdy when you hold it, and much more solid than I expected it to be.

There are many ways to get music into the device: Ethernet and WiFi (802.11g), USB, and SD card slots. Unlike previous models, the Touch has a built in music server if you wish to use SD or USB storage for your music, you can do so and not need to connect to a PC at all. Otherwise, there is software to install on your PC to share your music, and then you hook up the Touch with either WiFi or Ethernet. Getting music out of the Touch can be done multiple ways as well: Stereo RCA outputs, Coaxial and Optical Digital outputs, and a 3.5mm headphone output.

Media support has always been a strong point with the Squeezebox line, and that continues today. The Touch includes native support for MP3, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, HE-AACv2, HD-AAC, and Apple Lossless. Additionally, WMA Lossless, APE, MPC and WavPack are supported through transcoding on the server. It also supports Internet Radio streams and Pandora, so virtually any audio on a PC that you want to play will work on the Touch. The major improvement in file support comes from the addition of support for 24/96 audio files. Previously these had to be sampled down to 16/48 or below, but now your higher bitrate files (from HDTracks, or HRx, or the many other sources for high resolution audio that are appearing) will play back at their native rate with all the extra information present.