Slim Devices Launches Squeezebox2 Music Player

Slim Devices, Inc. announced Wednesday Squeezebox2, the next-generation of its network music player.

The company said the hardware has been totally redesigned and includes a major update to SlimServer, its open-source software.

Squeezebox2 (seen below) features a Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter with both optical and coaxial S/PDIF outputs and full support for PCM and FLAC lossless audio compression. It also supports 802.11g wireless networking for improved range and speed.

Squeezebox2, together with SlimServer 6, supports the audio formats WMA, AAC, MP3, FLAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, Ogg Vorbis as well as Internet radio streams. In addition, the device will automatically import iTunes playlists and supports song libraries up to 100,000 songs.

Squeezebox2 Wired retails for US$249 and the wireless version costs $299. Both versions will ship on March 31.