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Feb 23, 2005 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Conextion Systems Inc. is showcasing its Linux-based digital music server at the Electronic House Expo Spring 2005 conference in Orlando, Florida this week. The Digital Ambience 1010 “intuitively manages a home user's music collection” and can play different music in multiple rooms simultaneously from a variety of sources in a variety of formats.

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The device features media networking software from Omnilala Software Technology that is designed to seamlessly integrate computers with audio and video entertainment equipment. According to Conextion, that software is instrumental in the music server's ease of installation, self configuration, and “exceptional” ease of use. “It intuitively manages a home user's music collection and plays it in multiple locations via a single interface,” the company said. The server can play different music in multiple rooms simultaneously from a variety of sources in a variety of formats.

With dual 200 GB hard drives on-board, the server eliminates the need for backup and it does not require “complex CD-ROM installations or Windows-based computers that always need to be turned on,” according to Conextion. The drives store both music and autosynchronized back up “that will keep the music playing without interruption in the event of a drive failure,” and are capable of storing approximately 400 CDs in WAV format or 40,000 MP3s.

In addition to its built-in 10/100-Base T Ethernet interface, the device provides stereo audio output on a pair of RCA jacks. A USB interface will be included on a future version, according to the company.

The Digital Ambience 1010 is accessed via a Web interface and is said to work with any browser-enabled device, wired or wireless, including Pocket PCs and other handhelds. Users can “access [their] music files from anywhere in the world,” the company says.

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