VidaBox Debuts OpenSqueeze Solo: An Open Source-based Alternative to SqueezeBox Music Player

OpenSqueeze Solo provides multi-room streaming audio with access to local music and Internet Radio Services, plus it can be controlled by third-party control systems like Crestron, AMX, Control4, RTI, Savant, Bitwise, Elan, URC, HomeSeer, and more

GARDEN CITY PARK, NY - September 18, 2013 - VidaBox is debuting the new OpenSqueeze Solo™, a low-cost alternative to the discontinued line of SqueezeBox Music Players. Starting at a US MSRP of $239 each, it works similarly to SqueezeBox Duet players, using SqueezeCenter software and accessing MySqueezeBox.com to tap into locally stored music, premium online radio services such as Pandora, MOG, Last.fm, Live365, plus other free services TuneIn Radio, Shoutcast, Slacker, BBC Radio, SkyFM, and more. Additional services like Spotify (paid service) are available via an additional third-party plug-in.


"OpenSqueeze Solo is the perfect alternative to the discontinued SqueezeBox music player line," states Steven Cheung, President of VidaBox, LLC. "We've been recommending the SqueezeBox players for years on various projects, so its unfortunate discontinuation has left a quite gap for solutions in this area. Other similar solutions on the market tend to be either too expensive, too complex to set up, or unavailable to end users. The OpenSqueeze Solo, with its low-cost and comprehensive music features, is an ideal replacement for integrators and end users alike seeking a SqueezeBox type of solution that is simple to set up and enjoy."

Each OpenSqueeze Solo player provides a single, unique music stream. Multiple OSS players can be added to a single installation to provide multiple, different streams of music, or they can be "synchronized" to play back the same song at the same time across multiple zones. Music can be pulled from locally stored content, as well as popular online radio services, such as Pandora, MOG, Last.fm, and more. In addition, existing SqueezeBox drivers for Crestron, AMX, RTI, Elan, Bitwise, Control4, and other control systems are fully compatible with OSS players, allowing full, 2-way control. Lastly, OSS players provide top-notch reliability, as it's powered by Linux, running on embedded hardware.

"Another feature request we've heard is the need for a wireless audio option, and OpenSqueeze Solo players can work wirelessly as well," explains Cheung. "Simply connect ultra-compact, reliable WiFi adapters like the TP Link TL-WR702N or TL-WR700N to enable wireless connectivity on any OSS player. These two models have been extensively tested to ensure compatibility. For just US$30 per player, we can now have wireless music in one location, or up to dozens of rooms playing different albums, or the same synchronized song at the same time."

OpenSqueezeSolo is shipping and available now. For more details and specifications of OpenSqueezeSolo and other VidaBox products, such as their media systems, and other AV accessories, please visit the company website at vidabox.com, or call +1-516-730-7500.

About VidaBox LLC
VidaBox LLC digital entertainment and control solutions seamlessly combine premium media centers, audio servers, and integrated home control and automation products into complete A/V distribution ecosystems to provide an unparalleled user experience. The company's reliable multiroom Blu-ray™ and DVD media server products support the latest options, including full 1080p HD audio with lossless 7.1 surround sound, plus enable comprehensive yet intuitive control of any device on any iOS or Android device. As highly scalable systems that integrate smoothly with multizone audio and smart home technologies, VidaBox products can be installed simply and cost-effectively all at once or over time. Competitive pricing of the full VidaBox line offers exceptional value to professional integrators and their customers. More information is available at www.vidabox.com or by phone at +1 516-730-7500.


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