Well, there IS a reason it’s called the WD TV – video playback is first and foremost the function of the player.
Personally I’d never use such a media server for music playback – iTunes is so far superior in every way that a simple Apple Airtunes express unit is the way to go for such things. I think you’ll be far happier with such a solution (and the best of luck to you).
Not very opinionated are you?! It always seems like what YOU are using is the BEST!
With the WDTV there are many ‘workarounds’. (You have to work around all the flaws, or undocumented features).
With that being said, once you figure it all out, it actually works pretty well.
I am running the WDLXTV firmware. I have 2TB of local storage via USB (all movies, library mode). Mostly MKV and VOB files with a few AVI thrown in.
I also run Wild Media Server for my music and TV Series (another 2TB via network) as this way, I can keep the TV Series sorted out of my Movies listings. I also have MUCH more control of my music using the server… (and my album art actually shows-up).
Once you add in the ‘sheets’ (backgrounds, etc), that the custom firmware allows, you actually have a very nice setup that is very appealing to the eye. I only see the WDTV UI when I choose either Local or Server, once chosen, it enters the UI that I created.
If you need a ‘Smart Playlist’ generator to pick your music, then you might as well turn on the radio.
My 2 cents…