Has anyone tried XBMC?
My HD1000 died a few weeks ago, joining the ranks of many others here. After several days of mourning, I began looking for another streaming media player. After ignoring the XBMC posts on AVSForum.com for a few days, I clicked on the post of someone showing pix of XBMC, and I was intrigued. I had an XBox gathering dust, since my kids have moved on to a 360, and so it was a pretty cheap proposition to get going.
Two days later I had a fully functioning XBMC and I am truly astounded at how well it works, how professional the UI is, and how stable it is.
It plays ripped DVDs better than my HD1000 ever did, with full menu support, chapter skip, etc. It plays my DTS version of the Eagles "flower Freezes Over' DVD, which I could never get to play on the HD1000 with mplay or anything else.
It's music library feature is well done, and will scan all music and categorize by genre, artist, etc. Again, much better than the HD1000 did.
It is also extendable with 'scripts', so new features can be added. There are many scripts that access online video content, like YouTube.
All-in-all, I was very skeptical going into it, and now I am hooked.
It's primary drawback is that it's not fast enough to play true HD content, but I never did much HD with it anyway. I mostly play ripped DVDs (my own only!), ripped CDs and photos from my camera. Since it does all of those better than the HD1000 did, it's fine for me.
The other drawback is that it takes a bit of a 'techie' mindset to get going. You have to be comfortable taking a few steps to 'softmod' your XBox, and FTP the XBMC software onto your modded XBox. You might need to play around with some XML files to update some settings. All stuff most of us with an HD1000 have already been doing.
If you don't already have an IR receiver for the XBox, you need to buy one of those. It's one drawback is that Microsoft provided an 'off' IR code, but no 'on' IR code. So if you are brave enough to do a little soldering, you can pickup a hardware mod that will give you a remote 'on' function so you can fully integrate it into a universal remote.
I'll still miss the HD1000, as it was my first true media player, and it served me well for many years.