Originally Posted by Venomous
Well it's probably cheaper for pioneer and everyone else to just make their own media server to interface with the avr running a Linux os. At least this would guarantee compatibility with serving media with their receiver line and enable dlna headache free. streaming is the future, like it or not.
This is why apple has been so successful with controlling both hardware and software. However, it has now produced self cannibalisim within their genealogy. The Mac will be reduced to ios with the downsizing of hardware and their betting the farm on cloud computing.
I think the consumer just has to voice what they want and these companies simply need to listen and deliver, or else they won't be around much longer.
The days of owning physical media are over you will either download it or stream it on a rental basis
To me the thing that makes the most sense for legacy stuff, records, CDs,etc is to digitize/rip it and pit it onto a hard disc and connect that to the receiver
In that way you don't deal with dlna but for various reasons pioneer, and to be fair, a lot of receivers are weak in this area
Apple has an interesting model where the have a continuous yearly update of products and yet, they don't drop support for previous years models. And intact when new models are released, older models get up grades in software
In turn, this keeps the selling price of older models higher and customers happier
Contrast that with pioneer's scorched earth clean slate approach and yearly half price sale
The bar has been set and I as a consumert have high expectations for an elite receiver with a price of almost $2,000
Unlike a logo fpeople commenting, I do own one of the most current high end receivers (perhaps some of you already learned the hard lesson) but I did not buy the bd player as I planned after watching the slow train wreck of all the issues unfold
And while I respect walkamo's willingness to post and understand his stance in explaining pioneer's decision
Whether it was a flawed business decision or poor design, pioneer leaves owners behind and given the present policy, I will not buy another pioneer product.