I agree and having access to streamers thru a web interface is not a bad idea... Have a look at the Lumen U1 or U1 mini... An iPhone, iPad or Android app is needed or Roon... I kind of like my U1 mini...
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Roon has support for internet radio, streaming services and local files.
You can control your streamers via iPhone, Android as well as Mac and PC laptops. I use a hidden Linux box for the core, and a Raspberry Pi 4 (~ $180) as the streamer.
Right now the PC i am typing on has Roon for selecting music, but can do same via phone.
Not sure what the OP is looking for. Most streaming services have tens of millions of tracks to choose from. How is one supposed to wade through all of that to choose what you want to play without some type of visual display? An old style remote gives no feedback about where you are in the selection process unless there is a visual display somewhere. That means you will either have to stand at the streamer to read the display, or it needs to be large enough to be read from across the room while you’re playing with the remote. Or, if the remote has its own display, you’re back to having the equivalent of a table or smartphone in your hands, albeit one that has no other function.
Most people already own a smartphone or tablet, and for those that don’t, a Kindle Fire is available for $50, or less if they are on sale. That is a drop in the bucket compared to what most streamers (other than the Raspberry Pi option) cost.
So we are back to this - what problem are we solving?
My unattainable object is something requiring no external multi-purpose device
Problem with that is the UI.
With a library, artists, internet radio of any size at all and a little appliance screen will not be enough.
If you don't mind going old school though, you could do a Logitech Squeezebox Touch or pi based clone.
I've had a Squeezebox Touch for about 10 years now and almost never use the touch screen, especially for wading through libraries to select music. It's a painfully slow process compared to using a tablet to find the music I want to play. My favorite aspect of the display screen is that it displays a nice clock when the SBT is not playing music. ;-)
I have been using the Aurender N100H for a few years now and I use, and like, the iPad Air for running the remote app. It also supports streaming of some internet radio stations (18). If I were looking to buy a new Aurender I would go with the ACS100 as it has a disc drive to burn your CD's directly. I still buy CD's as opposed to downloading.