Originally Posted by bryansj
If you don't want what Plex has to offer then simply use Kodi.
If you plan on watching on multiple devices then Plex comes in handy.
I know it was a long rant, but you missed my main point.
As I said, I don't want MOST of what either Plex OR Kodi have to offer. Was trying to use these because I thought they would do something I now find they don't.
Just want a no-frills app that doesn't impose some space-greedy library cataloguing system, that will, amongst other things, play most standard audio and video file formats, but specifically including 24bit 96K 5.1 surround flac files, without down-sampling them to 48k.
[Later Edit]: Maybe an MX Player or VLC type app able to play a wider range of sound and video codecs
Function before form - that's what I am after.
I wish, in all my reading, I had come across this info before buying the shield:
No mention of hires multi-channel flac at all!! And multi-channel wav files all get down-sampled.
Hires stereo flac ??? Great. But not hires multi-channel flac files.
Oh, and can anyone with a bit of android coding tech savvy answer one of the other questions I raised, specifically:
"Is it the Shield hardware can't do it, or the android os cannot do it/prevents it, or the app developers just haven't felt the need/demand for it?"
I am genuinely curious to know which of these three issues is the problem, as if it is the third explanation, I can con myself into hoping some future updates will solve my complaint.
Yeah, I know.
I am just a Grumpy Old Man.
Oh, and in case I am mistaken for being dismissive of all the programming talent, and hours of programming coding, that has gone into these apps, no - I have indulged in a very tiny amount of coding, way back when, and fully appreciate what is involved in trying to achieve even the simplest of programming objectives. I know I am just being picky about one small lack that is perhaps totally unimportant to 99% of the users of those apps.