What to do?
Until recently, I used a Whole Home Transmitter connected to my laptop to stream Internet radio stations and my own media library of music to my home stereo. Sound quality was excellent, and it was nice to actually listen to all my CDs rather than just have them piled in a corner next to my 5-Disc CD player. I LOVE the transmitter, as it allows me so much freedom.
However, using this configuration was a bit of a pain, as I have to drag the transmitter around with the laptop, making it not so portable. Also my laptop is usually in the back of the house in my office, and the thick log walls cause the signal to weaken before they get to the front of the house where the stereo is located. So, I would have to move the laptop to the kitchen to enjoy the music on my stereo.
So, two days ago I was in Costco and bought a Sanyo R227 wireless Internet Radio appliance. I figured it could sit in the middle of the house and I could attach the transmitter it instead of my laptop. Free up my laptop and allow the wireless Interent Radio to access the Internet directly. No more running WinAMP on my laptop, or moving the laptop around for better reception.
The setup of radio was easy and it's a great little machine, and the transmitter plugs into the back no problem (a little problem with interference, but nothing a good ground can't fix). However, the Media Player option is a whole other story. It should just be able to find any shared media player on my wireless network, but it turns out -- after several frustrating hours of trying to setup the media player to work with my shared, networked media player library on my laptop -- that it won't work with Vista. Sanyo confirmed that in an email. Only works with Windows 2000 and XP. I am sure it would work if someone took the time to figure it out, but I doubt Sanyo will spend the cycles because Vista is being replaced by Windows 7.
Basically I have two choices. Buy a cheap MP3 player and load all my songs onto it and plug it into the auxilary port, OR try and find a standalone, cheap wirelss MP3 audio device or inexpensive notebook which runs a compatible Media Player to load my music onto. Either way seems to be a cop-out, because I should be able to get this stuff through Windows Vista, but Sanyo basically say they don't support it.
If anyone has any suggestions as to what I should do, I would greatly appreciate it.