Have you tried the most recent versions of eLyric? 26.10 I think works pretty damn well for me. Album artwork loads almost instantly on my iphone and the program overall is getting a lot more polished.
I usually do all my tagging in another program and just have eLyric run in the background to serve the music. So far it's worked pretty flawlessly for the past month or so. But yes, I agree with you that it's been a pretty rough ride up till now, but i feel that we're starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. Plus i'm finally getting the feeling that Paul at PS Audio is understanding the implications of software better and is trying to get things out that are more competitive, polished.
As for mac server software, i've only tried squeezebox which is pretty good. All other solutions rely on usb (audirvana, decibel, puremusic, amarra, etc) but i dont' really like any of them since they just seem too finicky/backwards, especially if you're using flac files.
Anyone know of a good Mac music server software?
I am SO sick of eLyric never working right and I can't seem to get Twonky going correctly either.
Would it have beens so hard for PS to license the system from Logitech (which works great) rather than struggling along trying to get eLyric running correctly? Just my opinion.