Good questions. I also ask myself how much potential pain am I willing to inflict on myself (or allow WD to inflict on me) if I go with any given update.
After reading the release notes of what was added/fixed in a new release, I usually wait a day or two and watch the forum for comments about other people’s pain before updating for myself. I kind of treat the forum and other people’s experience as an addendum for the missing portion of the release notes - you know - the section that should document what they broke intentionally or unintentionally in order to add some frivolous functionality that very few care about.
I use the device to play audio (MP3) and video (ISO) files from both the internal drive and a NAS. I have each movie in its own folder on the NAS. I use the supplied user interface because none of the themers are willing to keep revising their themes over and over again with each new faulty release. And rightfully so.
I’ve had to roll back once or twice to get back functionality I needed and giving up new or supposedly fixed things I didn’t need.
This release appears to have fixed for me the audtio sync problems when movies are paused or resumed. It also supposedly allows multiple NAS devices/shares to be added to the media library. It allows me to create my own thumbnails and xml files for movies and such that aren’t in the tmdb or tvdb databases and also allows me to edit xml files and thumbnails for “Bonus” disks to differentiate the main disk from the extras. It allows me to edit the xml files for tv series to permit the episodes to be displayed in the correct order. I use Gallery View and the Media Library. And all of my edits appear in the library once things have been rebuilt or rebooted or cleared or some combination thereof.
What I wish worked as expected (and was working at some point in the past before it was “fixed”):
Allow seamless use of multiple devices accessing NAS devices without collision or jumping through hoops.
Fix the annoyances that stop the theme creaters in their tracks, preventing theme use on later FW versions so I can take advantage of their truly creative efforts.
Somehow allow filtering of TV episodes vs movies within the Gallery View to eliminate a lot of “clutter” in the display. (Okay - that one was never there but it would be nice if it was ever possible.)
There are probably more items for my wish list but I think my real wish list could be distilled to this:
Make the device function to the reasonable expectations of a generally knowledgeable and reasonable user community. And as advertised…
P.S. Oh yeah - and fix the forum so that my real given name isn’t censored as a naughty word - I thought I outgrew that in grade school!! lol