I use a Squeezebox. Very effective.
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Absolutely. The Squeezebox comes pre-programmed to accept a variety of services, including Pandora, Rhapsody, Live365, Shoutcast, internet radio, etc. There's also services I've never heard of and various playlists, starions, and podcasts. It is an amazing device.
Once you set up the Squeezebox, it even shows the name of your Pandora stations. One of mine is my name and it shows up on the display of the Squeezebox -- Neil.
You don't need the computer to set up new stations through the Squeezebox, either. Once you set it up, the computer does not have to be on for internet content, as it is receiving through the router, which sits between the computer and the modem.
As for the Transporter, UncleJeff, I assumed the difference is the DAC. Is there any other advantage to the Transporter that you're aware of? I ask because I have the Squeezebox running into my Audio Logic DAC through a coax cable and assume that I wouldn't add anything with the Transporter. I just bought a stock Elpac power supply and intend to send it To Wayne at Boulder Cable for the upgrade and will probably have him do his magic on the Squeeze as well. What do you think?
Transporter's biggest feature over the Squeezebox is the DAC.
Also, it is the only piece of equipment I have ever seen that has an AES/EBU digital output that allows me to transfer the data to a really good second DAC(My Audio Aero Capitole) so I can send the signal to two rooms, using seperate volume controls
the Transporter also has both balanced and RCA analog outputs, another plus.
Both run on the same software, and if you are using your own DAC, the folks at slimdevices say the digital output is identical.
There are some hereabouts who have invested upwards of $1,400.00 into squeezebox upgrades. I have never had a chance to review these upgrades; I am very happy with the Transporter.