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Real, Slim Devices take on Apple

updated 11:10 am EDT, Thu July 6, 2006

Real, Slim take on Apple

Slim Devices and RealNetworks today announced the integration of the Rhapsody online music service with the current generation of Squeezebox devices, further strengthening competition in the digital music sector led by Apple's iPod/iTunes ecosystem. The Squeezebox ($250-300, shown at right) enables consumers to access more than 2 million tracks available from Rhapsody's service, as well as personal digital music collections. Squeezebox owners will be offered a free firmware upgrade as a digital download, allowing them to try the Rhapsody online music service beyond the month-long trial for $14.95 per month. Competitors have been trying to penetrate Apple's domination of the digital music realm, thus far meeting with little success.


Squeezebox is designed to deliver digital sound throughout the home without the hassle of shuffling through CDs. With a simple remote control, Squeezebox works with nearly any home stereo to provide instant access to digital music collections on home computers, Rhapsody's robust music catalog, a broad selection of internet radio stations, and thousands of themed playlists. Squeezebox is available in black or white with wireless ($300) or wired ($250) connectivity.

by MacNN Staff





  1. iceangel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    do more research please

    This has been on the market for awhile now I have one and it is both mac and pc compatable. It is opensource for the software and taps right into itunes. when it comes to mp3 servers this is one of the best out there, when I first got mine one of the developers was from apple.

  1. mjk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not first with Rhapsody

    Roku's SoundBridge players have supported Rhapsody for over a year, and the (much more expensive) Sonos players have added suport for it as well.

    Not taking anything away from Slim Devices, but your article sort of implies that this is the first device to support these capabilities, and that's not the case.

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