You pointed to an internet radio directory.
Now this in itself is nice of you because I may be able to find some new streams that I wasn't aware of.
if you can point to a better Soundbridge replacement
Itunes client a bonus
dupondt wrote:You pointed to an internet radio directory.
No, I posted a link to a press release.
dupondt wrote:Now this in itself is nice of you because I may be able to find some new streams that I wasn't aware of.
Beware! The Reciva database might appear to be in a much better shape than Radio Roku (where approx. 30 percent of the stations do not work), but it has quite a few disadvantages, too (loads of duplicates, triplicates and quadruplicates, for example).
dupondt wrote:if you can point to a better Soundbridge replacement
You can't seriously compare the SoundBridges with Reciva based radios, because
a) with the exception of the R1000, the SoundBridges aren't "stand-alone" devices, as you have to connect them to a stereo or amplified speakers, whereas most of the Reciva based devices come with built-in speakers, look like kitchen or bedside radios and work like kitchen or bedside radios;
b) the SoundBridges were designed to stream local content and offer internet radio as a bonus, Reciva based devices by design are internet radios which offer local media streaming (either via UPnP or directly from a shared directory) as a bonus.
c) the SoundBridge is EOL, Reciva based radios are still on the market (as are some other devices, for example Frontier Silicon based radios) and their users benefit from active product and firmware development.
dupondt wrote:Itunes client a bonus
You won't find that on the market, as Apple do no longer license their protocol to third parties.
But based on the number of discontinued Reciva systems on the page I found, it looks like they are EOLed as well with a good frequency.
jdc1947 wrote:@ FrankB
With due respect to you as a volunteer moderator, as mentioned by 'dupondt' earlier in this thread, and from what I have estimated there now appears to be several thousand stations within the database that no longer play.
And given the fact that many of the widgets listed on Radio Roku's Home Page have not worked for at least 18 months, and that Roku's own staff have failed to fix any of the reported bugs, which IMO sadly indicates their complete lack of interest in Radio Roku, how are you going to persuade them to resolve this situation, for I'm of the opinion that the software requires a total rewrite.
You are a braver man than me, I really hope they are paying you enough :wink:
dupondt wrote:Frank,But based on the number of discontinued Reciva systems on the page I found, it looks like they are EOLed as well with a good frequency.
Unlike Roku, Reciva do not manufacture and sell internet radio devices, but produce two modules ("Barracuda" and "Stingray") which they sell to manufacturers who then produce the radios. In addition to that Reciva provide the content (the station database).
This leads to a variety of products from rather simple kitchen radios (Grace IR-1000 or Sanyo R227) to quality stereo radios (Sangean WFR-20) to high end audio components (Sonneteer Morpheus) and many more devices.
As you can see on the Grace product page, Reciva have integrated Pandora, Aupeo, Sirius, MP3Tunes and Live365 as well as CBS Radio. They also cooperate with Clear Channel.
Just imagine what a fantastic internet radio product the SoundBridge would be if only Roku had put a little bit of effort into it.
PS: Of course there's also something called the Squeezebox...
I hold that Roku put a lot a bit of effort into it and it paid off.
Besides PC and Squeezeboxes, anything else speak their language?
I suppose you could say Soundbridges support slimserver.
dupondt wrote:Frank,I hold that Roku put a lot a bit of effort into it and it paid off.
According to Anthony Wood, it didn't: "But the unfortunate truth is that we have never made money on SoundBridge and continue to loose money on it." (please see his entire post for further details). If you believe that or not, of course, is your own choice.
dupondt wrote:Besides PC and Squeezeboxes, anything else speak their language?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but to play internet radio stations the Squeezebox does not need to communicate with a PC (we're discussing internet radio in this thread). Logitech cooperate with Radiotime and a few other services like last.fm or Slacker.
While it's certainly true that Squeezboxes can play on their own (kind of, I bet they still rely on a server provided by SlimDevices) without a PC, my point is that no other devices will play from a Slimserver, unlike UPnP. That's what keeps me from Squeezeboxes.
Paul Webster wrote:However, Squeezebox via the multi-platform SqueezeCenter (or whatever they call it next) can play from UPnP source.
There is also a 3rd-party tool called Whitebear that is attempting to work the other way around - allowing UPnP devices to see SqueezeCenter as a UPnP server.