Logitech Squeezebox radio with Spotify review

by Marcel 17 April 2011

Logitech Squeezebox Radio

I just received the Logitech Squeezebox radio yesterday to give it a good test with Spotify, and apart from a few small issues which could be improve upon, this is a great Internet Radio to have.

Almost a year ago I upgraded my Spotify account to premium so that I could listen to music on my HTC Desire while cycling to work. All the time I hoped for a simple and affordable solution for listening to Spotify in the back garden or in the toolshed.

A few months ago Logitech made this all possible by creating the Spotify client for their latest generation of Squeezebox players, it took me a while to get around to testing it, and now I regret not doing it earlier...

When the player arrived I was surprised at the weight of this little device, but it makes the unit feel very solid and with the rubberized feet it stays in place when pressing the control buttons. It;s also shiny, very shiny... I'm not a fan of glossy products, but unfortunately it seems to be all the rage at the moment.

Setting the Squeezebox radio up is very simple and intuative, with all input going via the large button, I did regret my 15 character WiFi password though... After that I set up my account at mysqueezebox.com, added the Spotify plugin and was able to listen to my favourite Spotify playlists with about 15 minutes of receiving the Radio, great stuff!

I also installed the Squeezebox Server software on my ReadyNAS Duo, and after a short wait for indexing (I don't have a very large MP3 collection) all my songs were also available to the Radio. Theres also Internet Radio, with your IP location being used to show a list of local radio stations which is also a great feature.

The only points I don't like about this radio are the following:

  • The battery pack is an optional extra, costing €50.- (but you do get a remote with the pack)
  • The spotify client doesn't have 'Artist Radio Mode' (or even the standard radio mode). I realize the mobile client also does not have this, and I miss it on my HTC as well. I hope that this feature will be included soon.
  • Searching for Spotify tracks is a little difficult with the wheel, it's easier to set up playlists on your PC first and the acces them from the Squeezebox Radio.

All in all though, a great little radio, the sound quality is surprisingly good, and the Spotify client alone is reason enough to get this device. You can buy the Logitech Squeezebox Radio at Amazon.co.uk.

I like this radio so much I'll be buying the Logitech Squeezbox Touch soon!

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Comments (2) -

Frank
Frank Ireland
8/25/2011 9:43:59 PM #

One day???  I have owned a squeezebox duet for the past three years, and it worked fine for the first day too. But let me tell you, it  has been three years of HEARTACHE. The software is terrible: works fine for a day, a week, or {maybe} a month. Then it loses everything, and can take DAYS to get it working again.  I am not alone, try  googling ''squeezbox problems''.  Please do not review anything after just one day, it is just meaningless.

Admin
Admin Ireland
8/26/2011 6:23:09 AM #

Hi Frank, The review was mainly about the Spotify / Squeezebox functionality, not a full blown test of the Squeezebox Radio.

It's now 4 months on and the Radio still works perfectly, I also added a Squeezebox Touch and I'm also really happy with that. The only problem I've had so far is that my server running the Squeezebox server software died due to a defective motherboard, and we can't really blame Logitech for that.

Maybe the Touch and Radio are better products than the Duet, I don't know. But I do know that if you do a search for "productname problems" you will find lots of post for any electronic product you can think of.


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