XBMC 11 Steps Out of Beta – Ready For HTPCs Everywhere



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I love Media Browser. I use ArcSoft TMT + Media Center. Media Browser is the interface to connect the two and make available all my ripped movies. When I put together my HTPC, I looked into XBMC, and I liked Media Browser more. It pulls the metadata for your movies/TV episodes, and has an awesome, configurable interface. Also, any file format that ArcSoft plays, Media Browser will play. I use .ISOs, and they work great! If you keep your media on the HTPC, I think it would be hard to beat Media Browser. No, I don't work for them, Media Browser is free (or maybe $10, cheap for sure), and it blows away anyone who comes to my place to watch movies.



Found this a while back & loved it - but it won't play my WMA lossless files (All my own CDs I've ripped in that format); nor will it play my Zune Subscription content.
My Yamaha RXV2065 receiver can stream both from this same computer over my network - go figure.
From what I've read, at some point in the past it would play Windows Media Audio Lossless files. I've tried all the Eden betas, & just updated it to the 11.0 release when I saw your article. No dice - still won't play them. BTW - no error or message from the player - it just sits there & doesn't do anything.
So --- no go for me too. Shame - I so want to use it.



I'm sure FLAC is better for lossless files :)



I tend to agree but here's my issue; I want the absolute best audio I can rip off my own CD collection. A while back I took the time to make BIN/CUE images so that I can mount an image & rip it again and again in any format I want. Windows Media Player plays all my stuff including my Zune subscription files but won't play flac files.
I also refuse to deal with not having the album art which some players have a hard time with otherwise I'd just rip everything to wav & be done with this.
Windows Media Player gets wacky when dealing with wave files as far as the cover art goes - its there & then its not (because wave files cannot store tags & all that).
I want a Media Center that does it all - to include letting me re-direct the audio output to another device (My Yamaha for example) without changing the default audio output. I'd be perfectly happy with Windows Media Center if only I could change the audio out when using it while leaving the default alone.
I've tried every major media center out there & find that they all fall short one way or another for me - or just aren't worth the bucks that they want for it (JRiver MC for example).
Besides all that crap - the damn thing won't play my Zune stuff.
Windows Media Player plays my CD lossless collection of course, my Zune subscription, and lets me re-direct the audio out. I want a Media Center that can do that so I can watch Netflix too within the same interface.
How they left out WMA lossless & WMA VBR Zune from XBMC is beyond me. If I'm not mistaken XBMC gets its name from XBOX Media Center. And we all know that XBOX supports Zune & WMA lossless.

Any advice from anyone is welcome.

PS My receiver plays Flac files also - Crazy -)



I believe that you can have XBMC default to an external media player. I just, unfortunately, don't remember whether you can set up different players for each file-type. If WMP satisfactorily plays all your music and videos, then you can enjoy WMP's output adorned by XBMC's rich meta-data and interface.

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