Want to have a permanent music device on your workspace without having to burden your already-overtaxed PC? Try the Logitech Squeezebox Touch, a desktop audio player with good looks, streaming support and a full touchscreen display.
Just like the rest of the company’s awesome Squeezebox line, the Wi-Fi-connected base station controller can work as a standalone music player, even without a connected PC. It retains the impressive audio streaming support, playing Pandora, Last.Fm, XM and most common internet radio streams (MP3, Ogg and WMA), while requiring just an open Wi-Fi line. Format support is exhaustive, as it can handle MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, AIFF, WMA, Apple Lossless and a few more.
The Logitech Squeezebox Touch boasts a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display, HQ audio support with 24 bit at 96khz sampling rate and a bundled remote control. Apart from the Wi-Fi, it also offers gigabit ethernet for alternate connectivity. Other details include a variety of audio out (digital optical, digital coaxial, and analog stereo), microSDHC card support, USB slots and various sensors (light, temperature and proximity).
Logitech appears to have brought the Squeezebox UI into modern times with a nice interface, apart from a sleeker form. It’s not yet out, but is scheduled for an official unveil at the upcoming IFA 2009.