[lug] mp3 jukebox

Hugh Brown hugh at math.byu.edu
Sat Jan 20 08:26:10 MST 2007

dio2002 at indra.com wrote:
> i'm wondering if anybody has set up an mp3 jukebox out there.
> i'm looking for a "tiny" footprint box / appliance that can accomodate at
> least one large ide drive to serve up my collection of mp3's.  when i say
> tiny, i mean "block-like" or something that can fit on a stereo shelf.
> preferably, i'd like it to be able to start up quick and not put out a lot
> of noise or heat.
> also, is it possible to not have to use a monitor to use/control the
> device?  ideally there would be an lcd panel on the box itself and/or a
> remote control that is actually usable.
> In many ways, it's kind of like an ipod on steroids but larger and with
> the potential to have pretty big drive[s]
> pause.
> i just checked online and it looks like the latest ipod can handle 80 G
> HDs!  that's actually fairly steroid for an mp3 collection.  i've never
> had an ipod though and wonder if there will be any hastle loading the
> thing with and using my own mp3 collection on it versus that which was
> specifically downloaded with itunes.  i thought i heard something about
> copy protection or the like.  and if it's going to be a pain in the arse
> to use with non itunes downloads, i probably don't want to screw with it.
> i did a quick check to see if an ipod could use an external usb hd but it
> doesn't seem like it can and that itunes may not like having an mp3
> collection in 2 places.
> anyway, if anybody has any thought on an appliance and or has
> benefit/disadvantage experience with larger ipods, i'd love any
> suggestions.
> i'm looking for something

I've never used one, but if I had the money, I'd look at getting a 
squeezebox (www.slimdevices.com).  If I had lots of extra money, then 
I'd look at getting https://secure.slimdevices.com/order/index.cgi? the 
ReadyNAS bundle.  Though I'd probably build a mythbox if I had $1500 
kicking around.


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