PLEX 1.1 : King of iOS media players

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  1. gospel9, Apr 7, 2011
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    gospel9 macrumors regular

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    Just read a nice review at MacStories:

    http://www.macstories.net/reviews/plex-releases-major-1-1-update-the-king-of-ios-media-players/



    Quote from Plex Developer:


    I have been using AirVideo since forever now, even though I am still very impressed by it I think I just found a replacement.
     
  2. davwin macrumors regular

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    I can't recommend Plex highly enough. It is without a doubt the best media manager/streamer I've ever used.

    It has worked flawlessly for me for some time now and the update yesterday has made it even faster; especially when transcoding from MKV or AVI to an iOS device. I am now using it during my commute in the mornings and afternoons and stream TV eps from my home server (MacBook) to my iPad over 3G using the iPhone hotspot feature. this is probably not the ideal connection method ;) but it has worked surprisingly well under these circumstances.

    This is probably a given but, I also use it almost daily as my HTPC directly connected to my HDTV and again - it has been the best experience I've ever had with a HTPC. The interface and media playback support are second to none and it still runs Full HD rips smooth on my admitedly older MacBook.

    Very impressed with Plex every time I use it.

    Plex is Easily worth the price IMO
     
  3. barryst macrumors regular

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    I was interested in this as a replacement for my current boxee set up. but it looks like the media center (not server) is only available for mac. ah well.

    I'm using air video right now, can anyone comment on any performance issues? If it's as good as air video but with scraped metadata, then it may be worth it for me to spend the 4.99 and just download the windows server software, and still use boxee for my big screen viewing on my plasma.
     
  4. d00by macrumors member

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    I disagree.

    I have had an extremely bad experience using this app.

    It does not connect to the server app on my Mac Mini2,1 most of the times. The Plex app on OSX incorrectly tags media files. The scannning seems to go on for an eternity.

    Air video has given me ZERO problems.
     
  5. barryst macrumors regular

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    yeah im having some issues running the server from my pc. it seems to not want to connect sometimes. it froze my macbook running the client app a few times.

    air video is great although i wish it had the capability of scraping metadata like plex.
     
  6. Mac In School macrumors 65816

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    I just started testing it today, so I haven't completely made up my mind yet. So far, I like it, but not sure it's the best.

    I love the fact that it uses meta data, but really wish it would have trusted the meta data I already had in place. The music genres, for example, are all over the place. In my iTunes library I have everything neatly categorized into 12-15 genres. Plex has everything spread across hundreds of them, making genre browsing completely worthless for my needs.

    It also bugs me that it doesn't play DRM-protected content. I've been using StreamToMe. It plays my iTunes-purchased video content by pushing it out to Safari. Seems like a simple solution that many aren't implementing.

    It loads the library pretty quick. MUCH quicker over wifi than iTunes Home Sharing does.

    It still too slow loading over a 3G connection for my tastes. Then again, I'm comparing it to mSpot, which hosts your music on a server, rather than your local machine.

    I think I'll use it for music when I'm in the house and on wifi. Probably won't use it much when I'm out.
     

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