Well, I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later..One of my beloved Squeezebox Classics that I bought in 2005 refuses to power-up. The optical port lights up but I can't get the rest of the unit to do anything, even after trying the factory reset option. I'll still try to revive it this weekend but at this point it's not looking good. It's a real bummer.
The good news is that my other Squeezebox still seems to be plugging along fine.....for now. So, I'd like to get prepared for the inevitable switch to something newer that can stream FLACs wirelessly. I know I can buy another Squeezebox Classic or Touch off of ebay but I think I want to get something that is more current. The catch is, at least for now, that I'd like to be able to still use the Logitech Media Server until my other Squeezebox dies.
I've heard about the Raspberry-Pi and other small, cheap, computers that run opensource software. The CuBox i from SolidRun looks very interesting but I don't know much about it. I think it can be configured to run Logitech Media Server so I'm considering it.
What other inexpensive (<$200) solutions might there be? I don't need an internal DAC as I was already planning on adding one before the unexpected Squeezebox death. All I need is a USB/Optical output.