• Alexa for Squeezebox

    Breathing new life into your LMS.
    Add Alexa voice control to your Squeezeboxes.
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  • Currently in Alpha

    We're almost feature complete.
    Beta opening soon...

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Built for Alexa

Built for Alexa

All the power of Alexa, all the flexibility of Squeezebox! A custom skill facilitates voice control for transport, content selection
Built for SqueezBox

Built for SqueezBox

Squeezebox is an amazingly flexible and resilient platform. Our custom plugin links to Alexa to add voice control.
Built for Simplicity

Built for Simplicity

An LMS plugin linked to an Alexa skill. Simple. Easy. Effective.
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Monday, January 21, 2019

Alexa for Squeezebox

These days, it seems that voice assistants are everywhere. In stand-alone devices, in a/v equipment, in household appliances, cars and more. Beyond a gimmick, voice applications are evolving to a point where they are approaching usefulness.

But what about legacy technology? Squeezebox was a great platform. There's still plenty about and there's a healthy second-hand market. The LMS is still viable and supported by a great community. 

The Hab-Tunes project seeks to breath new life into older technology by integrating voice control. The first such endeavor is Alexa for Squeezebox - an Alexa skill and LMS plugin that allows you control your Squeezebox by voice.

 

Simple

Comprising a standard Alexa skill and LMS plugin, it's familiar and easy to install, configure and use.

 
 

Secure

With https used when available, and no need for open ports locally, Alexa for Squeezebox helps keep the ner-do-wells at bay.

 
 

Robust

Developed over 2 years, with over 50 testers from around the world, Alexa for Squeezebox is stable and reliable.

 
 

Responsive

With ongoing maintenance and feature additions, you can shape the direction and request functionality you'd like to see.

 

The ambition is to add Alexa voice control to the LMS
and Squeezebox platform in a simple and intuitive way.
Find out more about the design philosophy, or dive right in. Learn More

Get Started

It's All About the Music


 

Simplicity and Flexibility.
All the hallmarks of Squeezebox - Now with added voice control.

Volunteer Testers


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Extensive Alpha phase is ending, with Squeezebox users from around the world contribuiting time and ideas.

Ready for the World


 

With German localisation well advanced, Alexa for Squeezebox can be ported to any supported Alexa language.

Recent Blog Posts

Version 0.1.3 has been out since late last week.

Since then, 17 testers logged in to the teamwork portal of whom 13 installed the test version. Based on database entries, 12 appear to have got it up and running and issued some voice commands. 11 of these users have been active in teamwork, reporting issues, bugs, ideas etc. 6 have taken the time to complete a version compatibility report, of which 5 indicate success. The test round so far has generated ~450 commands, the majority of which have been successful

The changes in this version are fairly significant since the previous v0.1.1 test so these results are encouraging. The round revealed a couple of serious bugs which resulted in a v0.1.3.1 release which most testers now appear to be using.

I'm now moving on to v 0.1.4 which, along with bug fixes arising from v0.1.3 testing, will implement the following;

  • add experimental support for MQTT skill<->plugin comms
  • add support for skill localisation
  • add volume control command
  • add dev. branch skill to negate need to take skill offline

This last is already done and it allows me work on major changes to the online code without taking the skill offline. It will likely take up to 2 weeks to get the remaining items done.

Again these are mostly structural changes and, unfortunately, testers won't see much change in terms of available functionality. However, once I get through v0.1.4 and v0.1.5, the base system will be completed with all security, LMS communications and localisation support in place. v0.2.0 and beyond will than start rolling out extra commands and functionality.

Get Involved

Right now, site membership at Hab-Tunes.com is open. However, membership does not accrue any benefits. Participants in the ongoing closed alpha need to be members, and those who will participate in the forthcoming Beta cycle will also require membership.
Details on how to get involved can be found here