• Alexa for Squeezebox

    Breathing new life into your LMS.
    Add Alexa voice control to your Squeezeboxes.
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    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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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 HabTunes 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 Squeexebox by voice.

 

Robust

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

 
 

Secure

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

 
 

Simple

Comprising as standard Alexa skill and LMS plugin, it's easy to install, configfure and use.

 
 

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

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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

Time on the project has been limited over the past week but an hour here and there has seen the basic Proxy functionality implemented, at last. There have been a few attempts at this and efforts have been tempered by discussions at forums.slimdevices.com around security.

The Alexa skill companion LMS plug-in now has an in-built proxy. Users can configure the port they wish to open and the skill will communicate directly with the proxy. Critically, no direct inbound requests for LMS commands are supported. They only inbound request over HTTP is a simple notification advising that the skill has a command it wishes to issue. The plug-in then initiates a connection over HTTPS, retrieves and processes the command and returns the response, all over a secure connection.

The advantage of this approach is that all LMS queries are handled locally between the plug-in and the LMS itself. An additional layer of code is implemented to verify that the command belongs to a permitted sub-set of basic commands implemented in the skill. The downside is potential delays caused by increased communications per transaction between the plug-in and the skill. Testing will be required to determine the full impact

There's still a long way to go with this element of the project as I need to now go back and clean up all the code and add in a bunch of error checking and reporting but basically, it works!

Get Involved

Right now, site membership at Hab-Tunes.com is open. However, membership does not accrue any benefits. Participants in the closed alpha need to me 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.

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