I seek... the ultimate UI for playing your music/media: kinda Sooloos without the price tag
I'm looking for a streamlined, sleak touchscreen solution to play my media - music especially - stored on my htpc. Side options could include browsing photos, maybe videos, display widget stuff like weather, news, whatever is useful/nice to have.
Now the tricky bit: having used Apple stuff for many years, I'm picky about interfaces. Basically it's down to enjoying your music and not have to hassle with some average GUI. It does after all make a world of difference - after many years of tweaking with various semi-solutions incl xbmc plex boxee sqeezecenter... I just want something that just works, AND is a joy to use.
I currently use my TV as my main display, but I got to admit it's rather cumbersome. If I wanna play a song, I gotta switch on a big screen pick up (find) keyboard pick up (find also) mouse sit on sofa in front of screen balance keyboard on lap, fight the cat, clear a useable space for the mouse open itunes pick song/artist whatever, and changing tunes is the same thing all over. I'd like to be able to just walk up to a device, instant power on, browse (rediscover) my music - artwork plays a big part here - through artist genre etc with the flexibilty itunes gives you incl enqueue etc- hit play and go about my business. The backend - whatever the kind - has to be invisible.
I've looked into remotes, android iphone/phone interfaces squeezebox server, but nothing really fits the bill. The closest example I've come across is the Sooloos Control 15, but I don't need the built in computer hw , the design is clunky IMO, and the price tag is well, oooouuch!
So, what have you guys come up with or have any ideas, that could fit the bill ?
Current considerations include:
- Touchscreen, capacitive (those resistive things are horrible - it's all about reactivity), but then it's down to the right software. And I'd rather avoid windows for obvious reasons (viruses/stability etc). I currently run a hackintosh so that opens up a few options box wise (passively cooled with choice of hw and graphics - for a fully near zero tweaking necessary check out projectq if u're into that kinda thing)
- Ipad on a stand - which media center app? apple remote? MPD? I'd like ideally to just to be able touch the screen/hit a button, it lights up bam straight to my music/frontend, pick what i want, no limitations, and enjoy sweet rockin sounds, no delay (thinking of you itunes remote - wait to connect - lost connection - connecting - browse). Same goes for android phone remote => wake phone, wait for wifi to connect - open app -> browse in a different manner - where's the song list/ my compilations are listed differently etc etc)
- Some other standalone option - UI style sooloos / Olive One (close - but I think the angle of the device is wrong for comfortable use - why shoud you be staring down at something?) without the internals ...on the cheap basically
Yeah I know I'm a bit of a dreamer... help?