analogaudio wrote:? Squeezebox? I think they were taken over by Logitech? (I have no experience with them, they get mentioned a lot at one of the audio forums.)
JeffS7444 wrote:Pretty sure nearly all such devices rely on a small number of 3rd party organizations to maintain a database of audio streams, and items in this database ought to be compatible with your device.
One such organization is Frontier Silicon in the UK: I have a Revo Superconnect "table radio" which relies on Frontier's back-end, and to date it's worked very well.
You get maximum flexibility using your own PC to do the deed, but the downside is that you're going to also spend more time performing maintenance on your computer and less time actually listening.
Coffee Phil wrote:This raises a question. Just because Grace is in bed with receiva.com, does that mean I need to be married to them as well?
AcetoneUK wrote:I use the great Pioneer N50-A , I think it gets it internet channel list from vTunner, but if you know the URL of the stream you can any station you wish to it's list, for example I have the local hospital radio saved (a friend has a weekly show on there)
Channels can be added and save in personalised folders using a web interface, which then send your list to the actual receiver automatically, you do not need a computer afterwards.
cafe_liegeois wrote:Coffee Phil wrote:This raises a question. Just because Grace is in bed with receiva.com, does that mean I need to be married to them as well?
You do indeed. I've had the same tuner and eventually sold it because Reciva has meanwhile been reduced to some kind of kitchen-table operation and they can be very slow at updating station URLs.
Moreover, I was losing or about to lose access to an increasing number of stations, most of all the BBC, because this tuner doesn't decode some newer stream formats.
And the trouble is not only with the maintenance of the station list. In order to support these new formats - if they can be supported at all with this relatively old hardware - the maker of the radio, i.e. Grace, would have to ask Reciva to write a new firmware *and* pay them for doing so. Three guesses if they'd be willing to do so for a model that's out of production, let alone if whatever remains of Reciva would be able to deliver.
I for one have replaced this radio by a tiny Raspberry Pi computer running an application called MPD (music player demon). All open source, no portal that can be switched off without a warning, and it works like a dream.
Another alternative would be a tablet computer running the TuneIn app. Doesn't even need to be a
top-of-the-line model and if TuneIn should ever go belly-up, which is rather unlikely, you could use any other similar app.
davidsrsb wrote:Streamers and Internet Tuners are definitely not long term investments. They are basically computers without software updates
cafe_liegeois wrote:...or any surplus old laptop, outdated tablet or other small device, preferably with its own display. Also, a Raspberry Pi will do nicely.