Never tried the AirPlay for WMC, but I did read about the plugin.
I don't entirely understand the point with AirPlay. Is it for putting pictures up on the big screen tv? My TVs are already tapped into my WHS picture library, so I don't have a need for it except in the case where I have just taken a few pictures on my phone and want to show everyone without passing it around. I think that's a brilliant idea, and I've been trying to find some workaround solution to get WMC to be able to do this with Picasa, flickr, or dropbox?
I would also prefer to setup Google Music Manager and have some sort of Google Music Plugin within WMC. This whole unified TV interface really needs more work on the "unified" part, because right now everything feels largely dislocated but with lots of potential.
Also the fraction of a cost argument is pretty asinine since the ATV is $99 (70-80 deal priced) and HTPCs are not approaching that cost anywhere I've seen. You get a lot more freedom with the HTPC, but some people are a lot happier in the garden and it's hard to argue with how ridiculously simple the unification of all your music, pictures, videos, games, notes, mail, etc are across apple devices. I'm just too big of a cheapskate to pay for all of it only to see it locked away to the itunes world
Edited by Dark_Slayer - 8/7/12 at 2:30pm