Will windows media player 11 do that?
You can use WMP to manage your library: Add songs, modify tags, rip CDs, build saved playlists, and use it as your music server (by enabling sharing). So it is the source you can connect your SoundBridge to, but you can't use it to control the SoundBridge directly (play/pause, build now-playing list,...). Therefore you need one of the remote control software solutions available.
Is firefly the best choice for media sharing?
That probably depends on your needs (and is probably better located in the Roku general section). Personally I like Firefly a lot - its fast and robust (and works on non-windows servers like a NAS server, too). But if you already have WMP11 working with your SoundBridge or you have some DRM-protected WMA it's probably the easiest to start with WMP11 and see if it fits your needs.
VisualMR to control and setup playlists?
Yes! ... ok, I'm biased
Maybe someone 'neutral' should answer that question
The different applications have different approaches and therefore different feature sets. And the user-interface is always a matter of taste (that's why VisualMR is skinnable)
What is the best most functional combination of software to install to get the most out of the SB?
- iTunes for managing my library
- mp3 only (no WMA esp. no DRM)
- Firefly as the server
- (of course
) VisualMR on a PC and PocketPC to control the SB
This combination works great for me
But I don't think there is a "best". It really depends on your needs. WMP wasn't an option for me since I wanted a unix-based NAS as a server. And iTunes was the program I started with and works great for managing the library shared by firefly. But as a server I would rather use WMP then iTunes ...