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JRiver Media Center 9 Released, V. 9.0.169 RELEASE available
chicoselfs
post May 5 2003, 18:44
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Media Center release version is here:
www.mediajukebox.com/mediacenter

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J. River MEDIA CENTER convergence software turns any Windows PC into a multimedia hub

Minneapolis, MN (May 5, 2003): J. River MEDIA CENTER™ 9.0 software was released today, enabling users to organize and experience all their media, including music, photos, and video through a single Windows program. This complete digital lifestyle tool supports most popular hardware products, including the AppleŽ iPod™, and the TiVo™ Home Media Option. 

Media Center competes directly with Windows XP Media Center Edition PC, but without the high cost of specialized hardware. With this release, MC pioneers a new software category, enabling full control over media organization and playback in one package with more sophisticated personalization than ever before. 

MC directly supports the best hardware. For example, MC now allows a PC to "sync" its collection with an iPod and to play the iPod's music seamlessly. It also can stream JPG images and MP3, WMA, and other audio to a TiVo equipped with Home Media Option. MC can acquire images from a camera and upload them to a Web page.

"MC is a single tool for access to all media, no matter what its form or source," says Jim Hillegass, J. River CEO. "We're integrating as many devices and media types as possible, but allowing them to be controlled simply.Anyone who has a coffee table with multiple remotes will understand why this is important." 

J. River has raised the bar for multimedia apps by establishing the first universal software solution for organization and playback of popular media. Together with its industry-leading file organization, MC provides CD and DVD playback as well as TV time shifting and recording features. An important premise underpinning this release is the idea that Media Center will act as the "nerve center" for convergence of entertainment hardware.

Until now users have been accessing media from a desktop PC, but MC allows a smooth transition to the living room space by providing extensive home networking, and a variety of remote control device support, with connections to TV and home audio components. Now users can enjoy their media collections from the comfort of the couch.

About MEDIA CENTER
All Media--One Interface. This comprehensive media management software turns a PC into the center of a complete digital entertainment experience. It connects PC to stereo, TV, remote control devices, digital cameras, scanners and portable MP3 players. It plays all media, rips, burns and organizes a digital media collection. MC encodes and plays all popular media formats. It plays Web radio/TV/DVD on your PC. Powerful utilities include Media Server for streaming music and images to remote PC's. MC has more advanced features than any other application for personalization and control of a media collection.
 
For a free download please visit www.mediajukebox.com/mediacenter

About J. River 
J. River develops digital media organization and playback solutions and network connectivity software. For more information about J. River's music products, visit www.mediajukebox.com, e-mail music@jriver.com, or call 612.677.8200. 

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J. River MEDIA CENTER, J. River MEDIA JUKEBOX and J. River MUSIC EXCHANGE are trademarks of J. River, Inc.


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post May 6 2003, 19:22
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Gotta love press releases.

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post May 7 2003, 19:23
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QUOTE (rc55 @ May 6 2003 - 12:22 PM)
Gotta love press releases.

Sorry, I can't help asking.... What are you saying?
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post May 7 2003, 19:32
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$$$ rolleyes.gif


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post May 7 2003, 19:36
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BTW (hopefully asking won't offend)

@the admins: Is Media Center allowed to be posted at the newsfeed?


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post May 7 2003, 20:02
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QUOTE (marteataca @ May 7 2003 - 12:32 PM)
$$$ rolleyes.gif

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post May 7 2003, 20:35
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How about that it's an uncritical press release of a commerical program that many presumably feel doesn't belong as validated news?

But hey, that's just my own interpretation. I don't profess an opinion either way.
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post May 7 2003, 20:41
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QUOTE (cologic @ May 7 2003 - 01:35 PM)
How about that it's an uncritical press release of a commerical program that many presumably feel doesn't belong as validated news?

But hey, that's just my own interpretation. I don't profess an opinion either way.

A press release is a press release. It isn't a press article. It isn't, by definition, critical. We wrote it. It was posted by one of our users, a member of this forum, acting on his own.

Philosophical question:
What is validated news?

My offer in answer:
News that someone feels is valid. YMMV
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post May 7 2003, 20:52
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I posted the Release on the normal news submission ( the release isn't a news ? ) i did not posted in validated news a admi. moved there.


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post May 8 2003, 00:25
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QUOTE (cologic @ May 7 2003 - 02:35 PM)
How about that it's an uncritical press release of a commerical program that many presumably feel doesn't belong as validated news?

And every patch for Nero is? I thought Nero was commercial as well? And if I'm not mistaken, more expensive then Media Center.
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post May 8 2003, 01:07
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QUOTE (JimH @ May 7 2003 - 04:41 PM)
Philosophical question:
What is validated news?

There are two special threads here. "News Submissions" and "Validated News"

Posts posted at validated news are shown in the portal "Latest News" box.

Everyone can post at news submissions. Only developers, admins and moderators can post at validated news.

If someone posts at news submissions and an admin/mod finds that post worth going to the portal, he moves it to validated news. If he thinks it's unworthy, he moves it somewhere else.

There is a kinda practical rule of "only free software is allowed" (I guess free software here can be interpreted as freeware). But there are well known exceptions (CoolEdit, Nero), so that rule isn't really enforced.

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post May 8 2003, 01:10
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QUOTE (MachineHead @ May 7 2003 - 08:25 PM)
And every patch for Nero is? I thought Nero was commercial as well? And if I'm not mistaken, more expensive then Media Center.

Keep in mind Nero and CoolEdit (the famous exceptions) are widely used by the members of this forum. And there are no free alternatives with the same level of quality and features.

Besides, Nero is of high interest due to it's audiocoding purposes (AAC and MP3pro codecs)


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Old philosopher's questions:

Does valid mean free?

Where are the pictures?

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post May 8 2003, 01:28
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QUOTE (JimH @ May 7 2003 - 09:20 PM)
Does valid mean free?

The standard reason here (AFAIK) is that, whenever there's a free alternative to some kind of software, HA will encourage the usage of this free alternative.

Obviously, that leaves lots of room for discussion. What's really an alternative? Is Winamp an alternative to Media Center? Is CoolPlayer an alternative to Winamp (since it's "more free")? Is Audacity an alternative to CoolEdit?

I'll refrain from the philisophing, even because I'm not setting the rules and I'm long gone from the mod team. But I guess you got the idea. wink.gif

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Where are the pictures?


I'm scanning them.

But please be patient. I'm using a lousy, slow scanner that connects through the parallel port. sad.gif

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post May 8 2003, 01:31
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QUOTE (rjamorim @ May 7 2003 - 07:10 PM)
QUOTE (MachineHead @ May 7 2003 - 08:25 PM)
And every patch for Nero is? I thought Nero was commercial as well? And if I'm not mistaken, more expensive then Media Center.

Keep in mind Nero and CoolEdit (the famous exceptions) are widely used by the members of this forum. And there are no free alternatives with the same level of quality and features.

Besides, Nero is of high interest due to it's audiocoding purposes (AAC and MP3pro codecs)

1) I was just noting that there are exceptions.

2) And another expense to Nero is the addition of the AAC encoder isn't it? wink.gif

Regardless, I find no reason that MC should be singled out with disdain here. There are a lot of people that use this as well. In conjunction with many of the other things that can be found at this very site.

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post May 8 2003, 01:40
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QUOTE (MachineHead @ May 7 2003 - 09:31 PM)
Regardless, I find no reason that MC should be singled out with disdain here.

I agree. I was just asking whether if it was accepted or not, since it's Dibrom, and maybe JohnV, who are setting the rules.

I wanted "carification" smile.gif


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post May 8 2003, 02:41
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QUOTE (rjamorim @ May 7 2003 - 05:07 PM)
There is a kinda practical rule of "only free software is allowed" (I guess free software here can be interpreted as freeware). But there are well known exceptions (CoolEdit, Nero), so that rule isn't really enforced.

Actually this is kind of inaccurate. There has been a common practice of disallowing news items of commercial products for which does not exist at least a trial version (and for the record, I do not know if this is the case here or not).

I agree that an official policy needs to be decided upon and stated clearly.

/me adds that to one more thing to do in the very, very long list of things wink.gif

Otherwise though, I would like to state that I am getting very tired of people slamming products on these boards simply because they are not absolutely free. If you don't have anything else to say about it then to complain about it in those regards, then please don't bother to participate at all. And yes, I'm referring to the $$$ comment.
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post May 8 2003, 02:48
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QUOTE (rjamorim @ May 7 2003 - 05:28 PM)
QUOTE (JimH @ May 7 2003 - 09:20 PM)
Does valid mean free?

The standard reason here (AFAIK) is that, whenever there's a free alternative to some kind of software, HA will encourage the usage of this free alternative.

This has been another commonly running trend, but the reasons behind this attitude should be made clear.

HA does not encourage the use of free software simply because it is free, but more often then not because it is conducive to the community nature of these forums. This of course does not exclude non-free software, but it just so happens that non-free software development approaches do not share the same attributes which contribute to the community and vice versa.
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QUOTE (Dibrom @ May 7 2003 - 08:48 PM)
This of course does not exclude non-free software, but it just so happens that non-free software development approaches do not share the same attributes which contribute to the community and vice versa.

Not trying to pick one with you Dibrom. But to be honest, these guys have taken more user suggestions and put into play then one might think. Granted, at a price.

But if my request made it in there, then I guess I'd be willing to pay them for the addition. And secondly, I couldn't do it myself. (Cheaper for me to pay them ,then to get educated to do it myself!) wink.gif

And I just can't help myself for asking...whose face in your avatar?
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QUOTE (MachineHead @ May 7 2003 - 11:00 PM)
And I just can't help myself for asking...whose face in your avatar?

Hrm... at first I thought it was the infamous StarVox picture with heavy blur.

But that surely isn't the case.


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Will this mean an upcoming Monkeys Audio upgrade? biggrin.gif
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post May 8 2003, 07:42
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QUOTE (MachineHead @ May 7 2003 - 07:00 PM)
QUOTE (Dibrom @ May 7 2003 - 08:48 PM)
This of course does not exclude non-free software, but it just so happens that non-free software development approaches do not share the same attributes which contribute to the community and vice versa.

Not trying to pick one with you Dibrom. But to be honest, these guys have taken more user suggestions and put into play then one might think. Granted, at a price.

But if my request made it in there, then I guess I'd be willing to pay them for the addition. And secondly, I couldn't do it myself. (Cheaper for me to pay them ,then to get educated to do it myself!) wink.gif

And I just can't help myself for asking...whose face in your avatar?

Hrmm.. typo on my part. I meant to say that they "do not often" share these attributes.

Of course there are cases where non-free software developers are very interested in the type of community that we see at HA, but it's much rarer than in the free software world. The main point is that I was trying to illustrate that there are no hard and fast rules, but that it's determined by other factors. These factors are not necessarily correlated with being free or non-free, but that there are patterns that seem to reoccur accordingly.
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