The Washington Post has posted an AirPort Express vs. Squeezebox article, which does a good job comparing the two devices. If you’re considering the purchase of one of these media receivers (and even if you aren’t) it’s worth the read. From the article:
Slim Devices’ system doesn’t accept song downloads bought at such stores as iTunes, Wal-Mart or Napster. This isn’t Slim Devices’ fault — this Mountain View, Calif., firm (www.slimdevices.com) has yet to get the necessary programming information from Apple and Microsoft, the creators of those sites’ copy-controlled music formats — but it’s still a major hindrance.
While Slim Devices works on this point, it ought to address a few other issues. The Squeezebox crashed a few times, requiring a forced reboot. Its bright, two-line LED display is impossible to miss but difficult to read, with characters maybe half the size of those on a DVD player’s readout. And the way to view the artist and album of a song, instead of just its title, is less than obvious (pressing the “Now Playing” button won’t do the trick).
I had no such problem with Apple’s AirPort Express — it includes neither a status display nor a remote control. I had thought those omissions would negate the utility of this tiny gadget, but after a week of living with it I’ve changed my mind.
Read it in full, here.