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Logitech Squeezebox Touch - Hardware and Software

The Squeezebox Touch isn't limited to playing back only files you have to hand. There are a number of plug-in apps available, which add more functions and broaden the range of audio sources available to the Touch. Some of these give access to internet radio stations and catch-up services, one lets you play sound effects (wow!) and one lets you interact with Facebook (yawn).

The killer apps, though, are the multiple streaming-music services. The US gets Pandora and Rhapsody, but we in the UK aren't so fortunate. Nonetheless, heavy hitters including Napster and Last.fm are on-board, along with the relatively unknown, though popular on the continent, Deezer. All that's missing is Spotify.
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What's particularly cool is that these apps can be installed and configured either on the Touch itself, or via Logitech's MySqueezebox web interface. This site even has a Remote Control, which will work with multiple Squeezeboxes, if you have them, and functions just fine on mobile browsers - or at least the iPod touch's.

Importantly the Squeezebox Touch isn't all talk and no trousers. A fancy pants touch-screen interface and clever apps are all well and good, but what really matters is the hardware and here the Touch excels.
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With streaming audio being the Touch's raison d'etre, it's no surprise to find both built-in Wi-Fi and an Ethernet port. The 3.5mm headphone jack is less expected, but it does make it easier to connect the Touch to a speaker system unable to accept any of its higher-quality outputs, namely a phono output alongside both coaxial and optical digital outputs. The latter will be gratefully acknowledged by buyers who have invested in high-end decoding equipment, as they bypass the Touch's own AKM4420 DAC.

The Squeezebox Touch also sports a USB port at its rear and an SD card slot to its right-hand edge. From these the Touch can read audio files and photos, the latter turning it into a compact digital photo frame when not being used to stream music - an arguable improvement on its default regression to a very expensive clock.

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