I definately prefer having Playlists as the first menu option and I would think most people prefer it this way. The purpose of a Playlist is to avoid having to drill down into Artist or Album to find what you want.
Menu Wrap Around will greatly reduce key presses for all navigation. (That must be the 500th request for this).
I find that I tend to do the same thing with my SB each time I turn it on. I.e. Navigate to Playlists, Right, Right, Down, Down, Down, etc to the playlist I want, Select, Select, Select, Shuffle, Repeat - all this before I hear anything.
I would really appreciate the SB remembering what it was playling when it was put into Stand Bye and then resuming the same Playlist at least or the last playing track (ideal). It is stuff like that this that really makes the SB easy to use. My wife cannot be bothered to do all of this, my youngest daughter finds all this too complicated and I am sure there are many othet potential users who would find this too much.
The SB should also remeber the Suffle and Repeat states when it comes out of Stand Bye.
This is all basic Ease of Use of stuff, so that when we read the ROKU CEO go on about Ease of Use, we can say Yes, ROKU really has thought about this and created a class leading media player that is as easy to use as possible.
XP SP2, Linksys WRT54G wired configuration, SB M1000, iTunes 18.104.22.168 for main mp3 music and playlist server, SlimServer 6.0.2 with modified Slim.exe by bpa, AlienBBC 0.98, Mplayer 1.0pre6 for BBC radio. NAV2003 Prof, standard XP firewall.