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Old 25.01.2011, 14:58
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Media Player - Media centre solutions

I have a little Asus EEEPC in my front room that currently runs Windows 7.

I use it to play films and listen to my CD's which I ripped ages ago. I now need a media player that can happily play, OGG, FLAC, MP3 etc,
I don't need it to play films I use WMP for that, no drama, so something like VLC isn't really necessary.
The big criteria is it needs to be wife friendly, the flashier it looks the better.

Does anyone have any recommendations on what media player to use.
If you say iTunes I will laugh at you.


Also does anyone use windows media Centre?
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Old 25.01.2011, 15:02
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do you have a WM remote control? Because all you need, I assume, are codecs on the machine and it'll play your other formats.

Windows Media Center on Windows 7 is lovely.
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Old 25.01.2011, 15:16
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Re: Media Player - Media centre solutions

XBMC would be my recommendation.. its free, open source and multi-platform.
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Old 25.01.2011, 15:26
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Re: Media Player - Media centre solutions

I downloaded VLC when I had some problems with Media Player. I haven't had any problems with it.

Alternatively, what about Quicktime or RealPlayer?
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Old 25.01.2011, 15:29
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DP, honestly, that's two pieces of the worst software you'll ever see.

Better off with Winamp if you're going to stoop that low
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Old 25.01.2011, 15:39
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do you have a WM remote control? Because all you need, I assume, are codecs on the machine and it'll play your other formats.

Windows Media Center on Windows 7 is lovely.
Codecs are not the problem, the problem is that WMP doesn't show OGG, Flac etc in the library correctly


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XBMC would be my recommendation.. its free, open source and multi-platform.
I've used XBMC, boxee and Ubuntu as media players for the last few years. I got fed up troubleshooting all the issues all the time....also they were never very boss friendly.


EDIT: Will also add: It is damned annoying reading about Netfix, lastfm and all the other great features they have in the US and not being able to get them here.
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Old 25.01.2011, 15:44
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Re: Media Player - Media centre solutions

A PS3 or an xbox can stream music, videos and photos via Universal Plug and Play, and you get a games console to boot.
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Old 25.01.2011, 15:45
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Roku will, Roku won't?

http://soundbridge.roku.com/soundbridge/faq.php
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Old 25.01.2011, 15:47
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I use aimp2 for everything audio and Splayer for everything video

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Old 25.01.2011, 16:05
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Re: Media Player - Media centre solutions

I got myself a Popocorn Hour (i know, i know, the name is tacky), and it was a seriously good piece of kit.
It played every film i could download, and of course mp3 music and photos.
Then it mysteriously died last month and I miss it terribly.

Going to get a replacement, and will likely get another Popcorn Hour.
I hear the Rapsody is good too. Not to forget the WD Live...
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Old 25.01.2011, 16:18
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DP, honestly, that's two pieces of the worst software you'll ever see.

Better off with Winamp if you're going to stoop that low
I didn't say that I used them. Just a thought to meet OPs requirements.
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Re: Media Player - Media centre solutions

If people are interested I have gone with Mediamonkey
http://www.mediamonkey.com/

Good name, good product
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Old 26.01.2011, 11:43
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I have a little Asus EEEPC in my front room that currently runs Windows 7.

I use it to play films and listen to my CD's which I ripped ages ago. I now need a media player that can happily play, OGG, FLAC, MP3 etc,
I don't need it to play films I use WMP for that, no drama, so something like VLC isn't really necessary.
The big criteria is it needs to be wife friendly, the flashier it looks the better.

Does anyone have any recommendations on what media player to use.
If you say iTunes I will laugh at you.


Also does anyone use windows media Centre?
I run a Netgear NeoTV 350 DLNA DMP/DMS. You can attach USB local storage to it and play that, it supports a span of formats, it can also play anything streamed by other DLNA servers (Itunes etc). The interface is friendly and displays on your TV, you get a small remote too)

(WMC on Win 7 is the server, and I got fed up with it, it never indexed my library properly and was unstable, lacking many codecs, including DivX etc. It also meant I had to keep my PC on, which is not a green option)

In essence, get your media off your PC and the MS restrictions. Bung it on a cheap USB 2.5" drive (i.e. no extra power needed) and slap this on any one of the Media Players out there, Netgear and Western Digital have the best reviews at the moment, Digitect are selling the NeoTV 550 (has an eSATA port) for around Chf180 which is a bargain. You can also play out to a cheap TV which will give a much better picture than the Asus. Ouptuts include HDMI, VGA , Composite RGB etc.
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Old 26.01.2011, 13:05
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Re: Media Player - Media centre solutions

Valid arguments and recommendations regarding the black box media players- playstation, neotv etc.
However I use the little Asus because I like the flexibility and all my stuff is already on an external server. The Asus has an HDMI port to play sound and images over (this was one of the problems I had with Linux distros)
I don't use the Asus to record telly, it just downloads stuff, plays films, lets me surf the internet ad plays my music collection.
Serves it's purpose and it is cheap.

I just need to make it look "cool" so that the boss accepts it.
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