Logitech, (SWX:LOGN) (NASDAQ:LOGI) unveiled the Logitech Squeezebox Duet network music system, extending the promise of the award-winning Squeezebox products, which allow people to access and listen to the music they love in any room of their home. The new Squeezebox Duet system offers an innovative controller, which includes a full-color LCD screen, and a compact receiver - enabling people to wirelessly browse, select and play their digital music on their existing stereo speakers anywhere in the home - even when their computer is off.
With the Logitech Squeezebox Duet network music system, music lovers can listen to their personal digital music collection, Internet radio and subscription services on their home-entertainment system in their living room, the stereo system in their bedroom, even on the mini-system in their kitchen - anywhere they have audio gear. And with the Squeezebox Duet controller, listeners can control their digital music from the palm of their hand.
Broadband and digitization are rapidly transforming how people listen to music. Today, nearly 65 percent of adults and more than 86 percent of people eighteen to twenty-four years old worldwide use their computers to access music, according to research firm IDC.(1) And an additional 95 million people will pay for online music services in 2008.(2)
"Even though more and more people are using their computers to listen to music from a wide variety of sources, there is no convenient way to listen to digital music throughout the home - until now," said Robin Selden, vice president and general manager of Logitech's Streaming Media business unit. "The Squeezebox Duet provides instant access to all the music people love - whether it's from their personal library, from Internet radio stations or from the growing number of online subscription services."
The Squeezebox Duet Controller
To help people navigate their digital music collections, the new Squeezebox Controller features a 2.4-inch full-color LCD screen. The multi-room controller uses a convenient scroll wheel, familiar menus and intuitive buttons, making it easy for people to browse, select and play their personal music collection, Internet radio and online subscription services, such as Rhapsody, MP3tunes.com and Pandora. People can search music by artist, albums, playlists, genres and a host of other categories. Plus, the brilliant full-color screen displays album art and allows people to personalize their screen wallpaper.
The Squeezebox Duet Receiver
Building on the control and audio quality of the classic Squeezebox, the new compact wireless receiver easily fits in any room in the house. Expert engineering and sophisticated audio rendering technology helps provide enhanced sound clarity. Advanced 802.11g wireless technology eliminates the need to string wires everywhere just to listen to music from the computer. And Squeezebox owners who want to control multiple music sources all over the house can easily add more receivers, allowing them to listen to a different song in each room, or synchronize their receivers to hear the same tune throughout the house. Multiple receivers can all be controlled by one Squeezebox Duet Controller.
Access Millions of Songs
The unique Squeezebox solution even allows people to listen to music when their computer is off. Upon registering the Squeezebox Duet network music system, people can access thousands of radio stations and millions of songs, aggregated by Logitech's unique Internet service: the SqueezeNetwork, an open-source platform. By putting music on the SqueezeNetwork, people can listen to their personal digital music collection, enjoy Internet radio or access subscription music services through their Squeezebox Duet network music system from any location with Internet access - no interaction with the computer is required.
The new Squeezebox Duet joins the original award-winning Logitech(R) Squeezebox(TM) network music system and the audiophile's first choice: the Logitech(R) Transporter(TM) network music system. For current Squeezebox and Transporter owners who want to control their music from the palm of their hand, a standalone Squeezebox Controller can be purchased and easily integrated into their current setup.
Pricing and Availability
The Logitech Squeezebox Duet network music system is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in January for a suggested retail price of $399.99 (U.S.). For people who want to set up additional rooms to play music, additional receivers can be purchased separately for a suggested retail price of $149.99 (U.S.). A stand-alone controller can be purchased for a suggested retail price of $299.99 (U.S.).
Logitech is a world leader in personal peripherals, driving innovation in PC navigation, Internet communications, digital music, home-entertainment control, gaming and wireless devices. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company traded on the SWX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI).
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(1) IDC, "Music Ownership and Acquisition Survey Results: IDC's 2006 Consumer Markets: Audio Web Survey," Doc # 204742, December 2006.
(2) IDC, "Worldwide and U.S. Paid Online Music Services 2006-2010 Forecast and Analysis," Doc # 204414, December 2006.