Respecting coverart, I know that VMR doesn't know the location of a track so it either gets the cover art image from the web or the CoverArt sub-directory. As a suggestion for the next release or thereafter what about being able to specify an alternate directory, a common directory where all Cover Art is stored. In the case of a PocketPC this would eliminate copying cover art images to the PPC.
In my case, I run both the PC and PPC versions and my songs are all stored on a NAS. I'm thinking that if this suggestion was implemented than I could have a sub-directory on the NAS with all the cover art and both versions could access it. I know my PC version would anyways and I'd have to figure out how to get my PPC to access a mapped drive.
In fact this is already possible with an - so far
- undocumented feature: in the config.xml file you can manually specify a directory where cover art should be fetched from. Note that this is an 'advanced feature' for the computer savvy but if you are willing to deal with network sharing then editing the xml-file shouldn't be a problem for you
To edit the config.xml file (located in the VisualMR directory - on PPCs this typically is "\Program Files\VisualMR") transfer it to your PC using ActiveSync or similar and edit it there (you can even use NotePad using drag'n'drop) and then copy it back to your PPC. Be sure that VisualMR isn't running on your PPC (using File/Exit) since it reads the config file only a startup and I would recommend keeping a backup copy of the file.
For example to read the cover art from a storage card you can add a path like this (of course StorageCard might be named different like "SD Card") to config.xml to the Misc-
For network sharing you can of course not use the drive letter of the mapped drive since the PocketPC doesn't know about drive letters. Instead you must use the server name and the name of the share:
Somehow I wasn't able to access my network from my PocketPC
(probably a configuration issue) but I would expect this to be working. I would recommend trying to access the network from Pocket File Explorer first before editing the xml file. Only if File Explorer can (without querying for a username and password) access your network share then it should work in VisualMR, too.
Personally I use this feature only on the PC side for development purposes but I know one user uses it successfully on the PPC (for retrieving covers from the storage card).