Originally Posted by Smitty2k1
How is the 10' UI (especially for music - albums and dynamically created playlists) compared to Windows Media Center? Looking at the JRiver website movies seem to be pretty well polished. Although I am happy with Windows Media Center the fact that I have to leave the program to use Media Player Classic bothers me because it screws with the remote.
IMO, the GUI in 'Theatre Mode' is okay but nowhere near as good as WMC. WMC is more intuitive and generally takes less button pushes to achieve your intent. JRMC is good in that it will play random artwork of the artist currently playing but I prefer WMC's slideshow where you can just point to your photo folder and let WMC work its magic. A lot of my guests are impressed by that.
WRT to playlists, I can't comment on either. Actually, I can't even seem to create playlists in WMC. It's been rather buggy in both WMC and WMP.
The issue some people have is not the GUI, but the effort taken to arrange their library so it appears to their liking. For some, the process is complicated and difficult, especially with organising your movie library. For people coming from a WMC background, there is a learning curve involved. Personally, I''m waiting for their next version where this and blu-ray playback is handled according to my liking.
WMC + MB + MPC-HC is what I use. You shouldn't have remote control issues if you've taken the time to program the remote settings in MPC properly. Also, there are third party programs which can give you even more remote functionality, such as EventGhost, but then you're opening another Pandora's Box.