That is disappointing news to hear that the soundbridge product will be discontinued. IMHO, it represents the most cost effective network music device on the market today, but clearly, as is true with most things in life, video killed the radio star.
Given your business decision to no longer produce the product, would you consider opening the hardware / software platform to your obviously dedicated user?
Perhaps we could figure out how to improve or cost reduce the unit to the point of profitability - the EL display, while gorgeous, can be downloaded to something much cheaper.
Just a thought.
Loved the Bunggles quote there cslewis2003!
Roku did have a model downloaded to something "much" cheaper, it was the M500. When the three main untis where the M500, M1000 and M2000 the M500 was a M1000 with an LCD display and I want to say it was at least $50 cheaper if not more. But I don't think it did as well since you could get the M1000 for $50 more; but then again, that's a 1/4 more then the M500 price.
IMHO, the biggest issue was lack of market share as a company and customer knowledge.
For a small company, it's hard to spend a butt-load of money on advertising and such to get your name out there. Also, the concept was not main stream yet.
Now that streaming music and iRadio are more commonplace and the Roku name is becoming a household name (thanks to the N1000) the next SoundBridge may have a real chance (if and when itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s made). Most of the other devices in this genre have horrid displays, displays that are too small or the UI is clunky. The M1000 excelled in all those areas, but they were not in too many stores and the ones they were in had sales staff that had no idea what they were or let alone did. I would go to BestBuy and see a M500 or M1000 and ask the sales guy and they would either say they have no clue what it was or something misleading like it lets you play the music that you are playing on your PC to your stereo; Which makes it sounds like you would have to control it all from your PC and have it running like the Linksys WMB54G Music Bridge which is not true and pretty useless. That would be like a pair of wireless RCA cables more or less (which is what the WMB54G) seems to be.
For the first time someone came to may house this weekend and knew what Roku was, they knew from the N1000. But they had no clue about the other stuff that Roku sold. So where it use to be that the common Joe had no idea who or what Roku was/did, with the N1000 being launched and in so many houses, it's something that is not for foreign anymore (at least IMHO). So if they add RadioRoku to the N1000 as a channel (and perhaps even UPnP) then it will get even more popular and then the users/owners will want iRadio and music streaming for other rooms in their house (w/o a TV) and then buy a SoundBridge since they can now understand what it does.
Once again , just my 2-cents worth, opinion and your mileage may vary, Matt
So lets hope for that "SoundBridge comeback"...
Roku3 and Roku HD1000 [Rev B] on a Samsung HLP5674W DLP in the living room; a Roku2 and two Roku XS and a few SoundBridges.Win7; Kubuntu and XP via RT-N66U, E2000 and a switch or two. I own stock in Roku, it's just all in the form of hardware.Viva la Roku