I built a music computer for an older relative a few years ago. At the time, I tested 30 or 40 different softwares to handle the task of playing the approximately 1200 CDs he had, which I painstaking ripped to MP3. I settled on Musicmatch.
This is a single-use computer. Most of Windows (XPhome) has been gutted, all non-essential software has been removed and the music software boots automatically, full screen. You just turn it on and start choosing songs. I built the thing out of laptop components & a VIA chip in a fanless case, it was pretty slick. Until.....Yahoo purchased Musicmatch and systematically destroyed it. The current iteration is ugly, slow, and shoves the "buy our online music" crap down your throat. Musicmatch continued to work until they turned off the CDDB access. Since then new CDs can't be ripped without hand-typing in all of the data.
I'm looking for an all-in-one jukebox software that ISN'T focused on buying music online. It needs to be able to easily rip new CDs (automatic Gracenote access or similar), and offer an easy to use (not visually confounding) interface for choosing songs. I has to handle a database of 10,000 songs without choking.
I've tried several alternatives, but there just doesn't seem to be an heir-apparent to Musicmatch. Can anyone offer suggestions? This is an older couple who are not computer literate, so simpler = better.