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post #2956 of 2965
Is JRiver Media Center worth getting over Foobar (Windows) and Audirvana Plus 1.5 (Mac)? I tried the MC 20 Mac app and it feels like a pre Mac OS X 10.2 application....seriously.
post #2957 of 2965
I'm guessing you already own Audirvana. What does it not do that you're looking for? Or what would you like to see done differently?

JRiver isn't for everyone. I think it's hard to dispute that it's the most flexible, most powerful player available. But that power means it's not always the most intuitive or friendly player. It's not unfriendly or super difficult. It's just different. I think it's fantastic, but it's really all about the user experience you want and the features you desire.

As for the look: It's not a native mac app built using the standard kit. It's a true natively complied mac app, but it's look is unlikely to change any time soon. I got used to it pretty quickly, but if that's a big thing for you, it might be a deal breaker.

Brian.
post #2958 of 2965
JRiver MC21 - as a first time buyer of MC20, am I missing something here? We can upgrade to MC21 even though we don't know what exactly it will bring?
For seasoned users who have upgraded previous versions in the past, how much of a saving is it to pre-order?
I find this approach weird.
post #2959 of 2965
I've got MC19 and have no intentions of 'upgrading'.
post #2960 of 2965
Quote:
Originally Posted by georgelai57 View Post

JRiver MC21 - as a first time buyer of MC20, am I missing something here? We can upgrade to MC21 even though we don't know what exactly it will bring?
For seasoned users who have upgraded previous versions in the past, how much of a saving is it to pre-order?
I find this approach weird.

It's something like $8 in savings. The pre-order upgrade is a way of supporting them and getting a discount. This is my first year with MC, so I'm not sure what to expect from MC21. There's a LOT of discussion, but not much documented about what they plan. Other than a bunch of minor interface stuff that they've said will be in the first build of MC21.

Their development model is explained here:

http://yabb.jriver.com/interact/index.php?topic=81987.0

I actually find their approach to development to be very refreshing. I think it's one reason their software is so mature and includes so many little features that you might not have thought of until you see it.

Brian.
post #2961 of 2965
Thanks Brian. For $8, I'll wait.
post #2962 of 2965

yeah the difference in price isn't worth it but to be honest you don't really ever know what is coming next so exactly when do you decide to upgrade, on the first update you see something you want might make sense.  In that case your subscription is still only good for MC21 so say it takes 6 months until they push a release with something you care about and you jump in.  Well you paid full price for only 6 more months of improvements and the past 6 months you lost out on those improvements along the way, assuming they were improvements.  It is hard to make sense of, the whole process.  I just buy in early because besides the small savings well I don't see any other player I am interested in so might as well support what I know and hope for the best.

post #2963 of 2965
Well then, I just bought the A+ 2 upgrade. For $39 it might be okay. I still have the disk image for 1.5.12, so if I need that I'll just use that.

Okay, I opened it up and the user interface seems to be much improved over what I remember from the 2.0.0 interface back when it was released. However...it doesn't read my tags completely accurately for some reason.

Ripped from CD, tags completed in XLD and verified in MP3Tag:



Uh...what? It can't even recognise the "Genre" tag....is there another metadata name for genre other than "Genre"?

Foobar reads the tags just fine:



I mean come on, even iTunes can read the tags if I convert the FLAC file directly to ALAC via XLD:

Edited by miceblue - 7/24/15 at 11:55pm
post #2964 of 2965

FYI, Audirvana+ 2.0 fans... I've been catching up things on ComputerAudiophile and it sounds like the long awaited iOS Remote for A+ has been submitted to the Apple Store for review.

 

In my experience, it takes about 10 days for the app to make it to publication, once submitted, assuming no issues with the review process.

 

I can't wait... I have high expectations... :L3000:

post #2965 of 2965
Audirvana 2.2 with remote app is out -
Edited by joeexp - 7/28/15 at 10:49pm
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