Most of you probably don’t know about it, but I contributed to the OSX portion of Slim Devices’ Squeezebox—I wrote the Preference Pane, Installer… basically, a lot of the Mac-specific stuff.

I’m happy to see that Dean, Sean and the rest of the team have come out with a brand new Squeezebox, and the thing looks smokin’! Really nice industrial design, with a beautiful metal stand and a new upright profile. Gorgeous fluorescent display; wireless (802.11g— acts as a wireless bridge, too) or wired; supports virtually every codec you can think of, including AAC, WMA, OGG, FLAC… the list goes on and on.

The Slim Server component is open source, so you can mess around with it, or—since there’s a very active community—make requests and watch the whole thing evolve! Not to mention the neat Squeeze Network, alarm clock, visualizers, multi-player synchronization… the list of goodness goes on and on.

Not to mention that the new features are even available to their existing Squeezebox 2 customers, who they continue to treat as first-class citizens.

It looks terrific—if you’re interested in distributed digital music, you owe it to yourself to check it out.

Great work, guys!