I have a hard drive almost full of flac files now...and I'm sick of using my computer's HDMI out as the means to play them through my system. My Seagate Theater (that I bought only to stream Netflix) will access and play the files through the network but it's clumsy, slow and most annoyingly it leaves gaps between tracks. It also requires the TV to be on for me to see what's happening and offers no album art or visuals to make it interesting. (Plus I have a plasma and I'm not a fan of image retention and screen burn.)
I'm new to this network music player thing so the only name that I know is Squeezebox, but it's a little on the expensive side for me right now after having just upgraded all of my speakers and my receiver. Are there other viable options that are less expensive, or should I just hold out until I can afford to spend more?
What are some of the other players?
Is the gap between tracks thing a common issue with them? It's really annoying when listening to stuff like Dark Side Of The Moon!