• Alexa for Squeezebox

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

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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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Wednesday, April 08, 2020

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.



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



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



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



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


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

I've been collecting statistical data on tester interactions throughout the development cycle, mostly to get an idea of round-trip times for spoken commands. Here's some of the data visualised covering the period from v0.1.0.4 to now (v0.2.0.5).

In total, there are around 6,500 records. I've removed anything above 10 depends as that relates to a failed attempt that could be due to any number of reasons. I've also removed any very short attempts as they are likely unprocessed requests due to users not being account linked.

The average execution time shows the average time in ms for commands to be processed from the point at which the reach the skill to the point at which the skill returns a response. Response times are faster depending on geographic location, those of us in Ireland are faster as the EC2 instance hosting the skill is located here. However, there's a good geographic spread of test participants across Europe and the US so the averages above are quite representative.

The shorter times for some commands is explained in that they do not requires a call to the users LMS and are processed exclusively inside the skill. Commands with longer round trip times require two calls to the users LMS. The combined average is just over 1s.



The data in intent frequency is also interesting. It's skewed a little in that some commands were not available for the full duration of the sample period but it's good guidance on what commands can be prioritised for optimisation and testing.

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