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J. River Media Center is an All Media Center, Connect with MEDIA CENTER, Add a digital camera, Connect a handheld player, iPod setup, Hook up your stereo, Connect a TV to your PC, Remote control for MC, Play music across a network, Connect TiVo™ to MC, Add a UPnP device. Copy music from MEDIA CENTER to a portable digital audio player or move digital camera photos into MC's powerful image library. Make a CD of music for your car. Record your favorite shows and watch them on your TV. More than one soundcard? Play different music simultaneously in different rooms. MC's Media Server can even stream your music to your PC at work!

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Version:21.0.23 History


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21.0.23 (November 17, 2015)

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
21.0.23 (11/17/2015)

1. Fixed: The search box could be too tall.
2. Fixed: Minimized action windows could disappear instead of minimize.
3. Fixed: Attached drives would show up in Action Window > Camera.

21.0.22 (11/16/2015)

1. Fixed: The publisher listed on the uninstall dialog would be "J. River, Inc." instead of "JRiver, Inc.".
2. Fixed: Double-click in an empty area of the Recording Rules list would crash.
3. Fixed: Further problems with the Noire skin on Windows 7.
4. Fixed: Search Window magnifying glass icon was offset too far to the right on scaled displays.

21.0.21 (11/14/2015)

1. Changed: The splitter in Playing Now is now zone specific so that having two Playing Now views open will allow independent setting of the splitter.
2. Fixed: The skin's close/maximize/restore/minimize buttons were offset to the right in popup windows (off the edge of the window).
3. NEW: MC will create dummy programs to fill in gaps in the programming guide data. Now all active channels will show up in Theater view even if they have no EPG data.
4. Changed: More cancel checking in DLNA threads to hopefully prevent hangs, crashes from hard killed threads.

21.0.20 (11/13/2015)

1. Fixed: The Library/GetStats function in MCWS was returning an error code (even though the results were there).
2. Changed: Program IDs and Series IDs (if available) are saved in new fields "Program ID" and "Series ID" when importing EPG guide data.
3. Fixed: In recent builds newly recorded television sports shows did not show up under Video / Shows / Recent in Theater view, instead they appeared in Video / Other / Recent.
4. Changed: Consolidated and renamed video conversion profile listings (they are now consistently named in all areas where they are used).
5. Changed: Adjusted the way searches are handled to improve the results.
6. Fixed: Searching for users in a smartlist wasn't working.
7. NEW: Option to use the DVD episode order when doing manual Get Movie & TV Info lookup for TV Shows.
8. Changed: Updated Slovak translation (thanks Peter Lukac).
9. Fixed: When using PercData as EPG source, all programs scheduled for midnight UTC time were missing.
10. Fixed: DSP Studio > Output Format wouldn't save the sample rates properly when running with a translation.
11. NEW: Theater view television guide grid is color-coded according to show categories. The following types are colored: Movies (of all genres), Educational, Children, Sports, News.
12. Changed: Made the minimum size of DSP Studio a little smaller.
13. Changed: The Action Window timer for starting an import only runs if the frame is visible (so minimizing the program will yield the run).
14. Fixed: Thumbnail lists could have a wrong size for the ideal aspect ratio.
15. Changed: Toned down the speed and number of blinks of the Action Window so it now blinks twice and stops.
16. Changed: When entering Theater view television guide, MC always selects the currently playing program (if any).
17. Changed: Updated French translation (thanks p.v.).
18. NEW: Television guide grid in Theater view is updated every half hour.
19. NEW: Added an MCC command MCC_SET_ZONE_VISIBLE (22033) to show the current zone in standard view.
20. Fixed: DLNA code was crashing when a problem device on the network was causing our Accept call to hang, it wasn't getting canceled so thread was hard killed leading to crashes.
21. Fixed: There was a memory leak in the socket code (all platforms).
22. Changed: Socket error messages in the log are now readable strings (windows) and implemented the error codes (linux, mac).

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Acronyms / Also Known As:
JRiver Media Center, River Media Center


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I have been looking for a replacement for iTunes for my fairly large (2TB - 220,000 tracks) library for a number of years. On a PC, iTunes is slow to boot, slow to add tracks, slow to search, and generally more unusable with each release. I've tried Songbird, foobar and MediaMonkey, and went back to iTunes each time.

A friend recommended JRMC and I have now ditched all my other audio player software - this is very fast, has a small system footprint and does what I want. Fine for accessing data from a NAS across a wired network. It has not replaced XBMC as a HTPC video player for me yet since (as far as I can tell so far), it has to work from its own database, it won't just list file trees on the fly like XBMC will in file mode.

Very happy with JRMC and it's ended a painful 7 year relationship with iTunes for me. :)

Posted March 11, 2013 by . Tool version 18.0.128 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10 provides a better and free product.
The J.River product here does NOT just cost $40. You are signing on to a lifetime of paying again and again. Each year or so, they fix bugs add some new features and try to charge you again for the next release. After several years of these shenanigans you could have bought a new computer. Besides, their program is very confusing. Their .447 version mysteriously deleted your music files from you hard drive, without warning!! And they have a very bad reputation for censorship on their forums for anyone who dares to challenge them. You need this like a hole in the head!

Posted April 12, 2008 by . Tool version .475 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

After trying many HTPC software titles, this is the one you want if don't want a simple dumbed down software. It does just about everything and the support is terrific.

Posted May 06, 2007 by . Tool version v12.0.222 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

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