Originally Posted by otc
Any tips for handling music in general? Since I have been using it on the xbox all of these years, I skipped out on any more advanced skins and library features (everything was over the network and it was used very rarely for audio-only). Now that it is a separate computer with HDD space, it might be nice to use it to run the music so long as the interface is good for building playlists, etc (as opposed to play X song and then go find Y song to play)
Right now, I'm just using it to feed my projector from my main computer so it's not running all the time and I'm using another program for music that's more suitable for using as a desktop application. When I get a new job I will build out a dedicated machine for it that will be always on and that can be controlled from my iphone or a similar touchscreen remote.
The control options are where it really shines. You could have it hooked up to your hdtv but using an iphone or whatever you wouldn't have to turn the tv on to select your music, and you can browse with full album art etc, just as if you were looking at the full interface on your TV.
The functionality of the music section of the program itself is about what you'd expect though. You can browse by artist, album, etc. You can uses playlists. You can view lists or thumbnails, and you can generally find high-res thumbnails that will look good on a big high-res display. It will download art/info for you if you want although i generally do this outside the program because i'm very anal about that kind of thing. It's probably a lot easier to make your playlists outside the program itself since you can use a mouse to do multiple selections and drag&drop. That's a lot faster than using a remote to add items individually.
Where it's lacking in the music department is that the xbmc database doesn't contain the fields needed for the way a lot of people like to organize/sort/view their classical, since the proper identification of classical requires more info than artist/album popular music uses. For instance, I might have multiple recordings of La Traviata, or Beethoven's 9th, recorded in different years by different labels, with different conductors or singers, etc.