I like my Sonos, especially with the cullen circuits mod.
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I don't think you need to give up on the Touch just yet. I have 7 Squeezeboxen around my house and everything is working just fine. Of course, if Logitech Media Server is ever discontinued, we are done, but that ain't gonna happen anytime soon. By the time it does, any recommendations you get in this thread will be so outdated they won't make any sense.
I feel your pain and, I initially panicked myself. However, my Touch's connection to the Squeezebox server has ironically been more reliable since they stopped production of the unit. I think Sc53 may well be right about the future. That said, the Sonos is really you're only alternative in this price range and it *is* a very well-put together system. If the SB server goes dark, that's where I'm headed unless some brainiac invents a better alternative in the meantime.
I have a couple of Squeezebox IIIs around the house. They still work fine. Due to the FUD re: their demise, I am thinking of replacing them with Apple Airport Express or Sonos, neither of which support streaming hi-res files at this time.
As I see it, the advantage of the Apple device is ease and simplicity. The main disadvantage is dependence upon iTunes, although the sonic effects could be mitigated through use of Bit Perfect, Audioirvana or Amarra.
Sonos is interesting, but I see it as a rather expensive system for what it does, and the technology is becoming quite dated. It would make more sense to me if they supported hi-res, but they don't.
There are some bluetooth streaming options that have become available in the last year or so, but I do not have any experience with these. Frankly, bluetooth is a strictly an in-room (<20') technology; which is not what I am looking for.
If mysqueezebox.com goes dark, which will be a few years at least because of EU regulations, then you would just lose the streaming services such as Pandora. As long as your OS works with the version of LMS you're running, streaming local files should continue to work indefinitely. If your hardware dies, you can use the ipeng player app with an idevice and dock.
I repeatedly fool audiophiles into thinking they're listening to cd's when, in fact, the feed is MOG or Spotify from my Squeezebox Touch via coax into my PerfectWave MKII DAC. I wouldn't consider being without these services and I hope more audiophile companies will look for a way to match the Squeezebox Touch's strengths at a comparable price.
It seems like if my SBT dies, I will have to replace it with two new purchases - a tablet, like ipad or Android, and something like the Simaudio MiND. How silly to spend so much money just to get the functionality of a $250 wifi music player. I hope someone buys the rights to Squeezebox from Logitech and starts making theses products again.
I've been looking for a while myself - this looks like a direct replacement for a Touch, but minus the touch screen and digital out. (So it's more like a Duet)
Open Squeeze Music Player : SqueezeBox Alternative / Replacement
It's supposed to work like any other SqueezeBox, and it's priced about the same as a Duet. Hope this helps!
Logitech may yet come back around again and offer a wireless device suitable for use with hi fis like SB that uses their newer server software. Old LMS software used with SB was getting cluttered and problematic to maintain I think. Their new radio devices could work if they would just add a digital output. The LT focus appears to be more on simplicity and usability. I can live with that, just need the digital output. REcommend everyone petition Logitech to add digital output to their newer devices.