glad to see u back in working even these uncertain times
Hey, even if the cost is well above my head...which it most likely will be...I mean I have "other obligations" that will...or will not allow for a purchase like that. Hard to justify to a non-techi, that I need the latest and greatest, especially when it was free at one point...hence I'll keep on using the freebie version...and just work around the bugs, so unless I get banned...I'm not going anywhere in the short while. Hey that's one primary reason why I'm using an antiquated 733 PIII at home as my workhorse, and I haven't got the HTPC setup yet. If it were up to me, I'd have all the toys....though I'd be living in a box...have no electricity to use the latest and greatest...have no money, as I'd be taken to the cleaners......
As for your question:
I'm kinda going now towards matrixing multiple sources to zones...as per the example I laid out a few months ago. I'm finding a greater need for it. This will mean that each instance of winamp will no longer be a "zone" but more a "source". Doing so, I will be able to get rid of 3 winamp instances. Each "floor" (Mainfloor consisting of Livingroom, Familyroom, Backyard, Garage, and Upstairs consisting of Bath/Master, Bedroom2, Bedroom3) will have 3 "sources" of winamp which will be allowed to switch into any room on that "floor" at any time (for albums and shoutcast), a line-in source, which will be shared between the "floors", and one instance of winamp for a whole house sync (much how I do the whole house sync currently).
Gone will be the Zonemap...yes...gone
. Reason being that it will be too hard I think to tie the source music to each individual zone at any given time (honestly, I haven't really looked that far into the future..who knows, maybe it can be done). The bigger reason is that truely, I don't have any reason for it as I do most of my control with a PPC. This is not to say that I'm not going to have some sort of association process in place...I most certainly will.
Also gone (as explained in my last release), is the Now Playing screen saver. It is pretty cool, and I thank Buddabing for contributing it...as well, I fully endorse people to download it and try it out, unfortunately, again in my setup, there is no pratical reason for using it.
A new DIY addition I'm thinking about adding as well, is an external matrix switch that I will be able to control via Girder. This will allow me to break up the line-ins, and have multiple sources. Meaning that each "floor" will be able to listen to a different external source (either the AM/FM Tuner, or IPOD dock, CD/DVD Player etc.) All these could be docked at different locations of the house then. Unfortunately this makes that portion of the skin personable...and it will most likely be a future "phase".
Lot's of cool things going on in the house of Marbles...stay tuned.