Logitech announces two new products, Squeezebox Radio and Squeezebox Touch

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squeezeboxLogitech announced two new audio devices today, the Squeezebox Radio and Squeezebox Touch. The Squeezebox Radio is intended to be a portable device, with a built in speaker and wifi capability (allowing access to your music library). The Squeezebox Touch is intended to tie into your home theater system, providing the same type of access (via your home network) to you music library.

That little Touch might be handy to keep on your nightstand or whatever — your whole media library in a little package like that, it’d be perfect for late night reading.

From the press release:

Limitless Choices: Logitech Brings Your Digital Music Together, Unveils Two
New Squeezebox Wi-Fi Music Players

Logitech Squeezebox Radio, Logitech Squeezebox Touch Deliver All The Music
On Your Computer, All The Music On Internet Into Your Home;
Feature Streamlined Interface, Facebook App

FREMONT, Calif. – Sept. 3, 2009 — You’re a 21st century music lover but
your stereo is stuck in the 20th century. To help bring the digital world
into your home, Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today unveiled the
Logitech Squeezebox™ Radio Wi-Fi music player and the Logitech Squeezebox™
Touch Wi-Fi music player. Both Logitech Squeezebox Wi-Fi music players give
people simple, intuitive access to a wide variety of music choices
including free Internet radio, personal digital music files and music
subscription services.

“Digital music and the Internet have radically changed how we discover,
share and listen to the music we love,” said Sam Feng, product marketing
director of Logitech’s Streaming Media business unit. “Now, millions of
people are downloading music through iTunes® and listening to Internet
radio stations and music services and our newest Logitech Squeezebox Wi-Fi
music players bring it all together. Just plug one in and you can be ready
to discover and enjoy music from around the world.”

Logitech Squeezebox Radio – Small Package, Big Sound

The Internet has changed everything, including your radio. With the
Logitech Squeezebox Radio, you’ll get the simplicity of old-fashioned radio
with the power of the Internet wherever you want to listen to music.

Unlike other complex Wi-Fi music systems, Squeezebox Radio sets up easily.
You just plug it in, turn it on, connect to your home network and like
magic, you’ve got access to a world of music – Internet radio, your
personal music collection including DRM-free iTunes Plus downloads, and
subscription services such as Napster®, Pandora®, Rhapsody®, SIRIUS®, and
Last.fm™. And the Squeezebox Radio’s color screen can display album art,
track and station information, visualizers and more.

With six preset buttons located on the side of display, at the touch of a
button the Squeezebox Radio makes it easy to enjoy your favorite song,
Internet radio station or playlist. With automatic brightness adjustment
and a built-in alarm clock, the Logitech Squeezebox Radio is even ideal for
your bedside table. And if you want to listen to music in private, a 3.5 mm
jack lets you plug in your headphones.

At just 5.12 inches (130 mm) by 8.66 inches (220 mm) by 5.04 inches (8.5
cm), the compact design makes the Squeezebox Radio ideal for your living
room, kitchen, bedroom – even your patio. While it’s a space-saver, the
Squeezebox Radio still delivers clear sound with minimal distortion – no
extra speakers required – thanks to the 3/4-inch high-definition, soft-dome
tweeter and 3-inch high-power, long-throw woofer.

For your convenience, a rechargeable battery pack that is sold separately
will let you move the Squeezebox Radio around your home without
interrupting the music. The battery can power your Squeezebox Radio for up
to six hours and recharges automatically when it’s plugged in.

Logitech Squeezebox Touch – Color Touch Screen Puts Music at Your
Fingertips

So you can seamlessly discover a world of music and play it through the
stereo system you already own, the Logitech Squeezebox Touch Wi-Fi music
player has a stunning 4.3-inch color touch screen that lets you easily
select and play music – and even view album art. Plus, to provide a better
listening experience, the Squeezebox Touch supports sampling rates of up to
24 bits at 96 kHz, delivering rich sound with very little distortion.
Simply plug in the Squeezebox Touch to your existing speakers, connect to
your home network and you’re ready to rock out. An included USB port and SD
card slot on the back of the Squeezebox Touch also lets you access music
and photos stored on flash drives and memory cards.

To put control within reach, a wall-mount bracket (sold separately) lets
you put your Squeezebox Touch at eye level – near the stereo, over your
kitchen table or wherever you want convenient control of your music. With
the optional Logitech Squeezebox Touch Wall-Mount Bracket, the power cord
and speaker wires can be run inside your walls so cords or cables aren’t
dangling from your Squeezebox.

Streamlined Interface, Facebook App and Flickr Support

The intuitive Squeezebox interface was designed for speed and convenience.
The color display found on the Squeezebox Radio and Squeezebox Touch help
you quickly locate your favorite radio stations, playlists or music
services. And, with its redesigned menu system, you can easily choose from
a variety of applications to enhance your listening experience.
Plus, if you’re a Facebook fan, you can share music recommendations, as
well as check out your friends’ statuses, recommendations, and full-color
photos right on your new Squeezebox. Photo slide shows from the popular
photo-sharing site Flickr are also supported on both new Squeezebox Wi-Fi
music players.

The Squeezebox Family

Both the Logitech Squeezebox Radio and Logitech Squeezebox Touch can
seamlessly integrate into your existing Wi-Fi or Ethernet-based home
network, as well as with the Squeezebox family of products, which includes
the award-winning Logitech Squeezebox™ Boom Wi-Fi music player, Logitech
Squeezebox™ Duet Wi-Fi music player, and the audiophiles’ choice, the
Logitech Transporter® Wi-Fi music player.

All of the products in the Squeezebox family work together so it’s easy to
expand your system. Simply add additional Squeezebox Wi-Fi media players to
any room you like and then you can listen to one song throughout your
entire home – perfect for a party – or enjoy a different song in every
room.

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech Squeezebox Radio Wi-Fi music player is expected to be
available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in September for a suggested
retail price of $199.99 (U.S.). For a limited time, a special edition
Logitech Squeezebox Radio Wi-Fi music player will be available in red at
http://www.logitech.com and select retailers. The Logitech Squeezebox Touch
Wi-Fi music player is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe
beginning in December for a suggested retail price of $299.99 (U.S.). The
Logitech Squeezebox Radio Accessory Pack (which includes a battery pack and
IR remote) is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in
November for a suggested retail price of $49.99 (U.S.). The Logitech
Squeezebox Touch Wall-Mount Bracket is expected to be available in the U.S.
and Europe beginning in December for a suggested retail price of $99.99
(U.S.).

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