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JRiver Media Center

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  • Date Added:
    Jul. 09, 2015
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    Free to try (30-day trial); $49.98 to buy (Buy it now)
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3 stars

"I reported a bug and their CEO called me a "smartass""

July 08, 2016  |  By gabycadaver

2016-07-08 18:56:32  |  By gabycadaver

 |  Version: JRiver Media Center 20.0.115


Reasonably flexible database-style software for organizing and playing media files, audio files in particular.


- Use of DSP features when converting audiotracks or transferring them to a portable device can cause serious distortion. (That was the bug I reported.)

- Software has several features that kind of work (sometimes) and kind of don't: For example, the "Sync Handheld" feature for copying audio files onto your phone or other portable device.


I use this software to organize and play my audio library. For that it works reasonably well, although I have doubts about the playback quality when using some of the features -- e.g., the various types of R128 volume leveling available in the settings. For organizing and playing video files I never found it particularly useful, and I have been using various versions of the software for well over ten years. Good old VLC has a cleaner, more user-friendly interface.

That having been said, if you have a very large digital audio library in a variety of formats, then jriver media center may be a good option for you. Other reviewers claim that this is complex software and is only useful for tech geeks. I am enough of a techie that this does not bother me so much, and I am also extraordinarily patient. However, as mentioned above, after hours of tinkering with settings sometimes I find myself at the end of my wits, at which point my only recourse is to go to the user forum, which is not very helpful. Typically several jriver cheerleader users will tell you that you're not really having a problem -- that you're just stupid. Then the "beta testers" will chime in and say the same thing. Finally one or two ordinary users will comment and and say, "Yeah, I'm having the same problem you are." Then nothing happens. It's next to impossible to get the attention of the developers. I tried doing it with humor and got called a smartass. Humor doesn't work with them.

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1 stars

"Only Good if you are a Computer Tech"

September 02, 2015

2015-09-02 14:31:57

 |  Version: JRiver Media Center 20.0.115


- Not many other options out there for a hard drive media center player and organizer.
- At first, the interface looks like it has a lot of promise
- Interesting organization for movies


- Impossible to fix problems unless you are a computer tech geek
- There is no support even for paid subscriptions
- Online forums will quickly take you into the bowels of JRiver and your computer settings -- don't go there if you don't know what you're doing
- It takes over all media settings for your computer
- I have spent hours trying to fix the JRiver volume levels on my Windows 7 computer (external speakers). The playback is impossibly quiet unless you crank the volume on the external device, which distorts volume and wrecks the experience. The online forums have about 20 different steps to check, none of which provides a real solution.
- JRiver Media Center cannot simply alphabetize movies (psst: "A" and "The" are not used when you alphabetize stuff). So you will have a group of movies all alphabetized under "A" and "The." When you try to fix it manually, the software overrides your corrections if you have background info linked to an online movie dBase like IMDB.


I can only damn this program with faint praise -- i.e., there isn't much out there and this one kind of works. Sort of. Until you get frustrated with trying to find movies that are improperly alphabetized or you spend time fussing with the volume settings. Then you'll just give up, close JRiver and watch a movie via a browser instead. In a few months, you'll give JRiver another try. It's an infinite loop.
If you are an inveterate computer program tinkerer, this is the software for you. If you just want to watch a movie that is on your computer hard drive, well, it might work. But getting it to work won't be an enjoyable experience. And once you get it set, the software will undo your corrections.

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Full Specifications

Publisher JRiver
Publisher web site
Release Date July 09, 2015
Date Added July 09, 2015
Version 20.0.115
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Media Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 25.77MB
File Name MediaCenter200115.exe
Total Downloads 6,132
Downloads Last Week 15
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $49.98

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