Today Plex released version 126.96.36.1991, the first 1.0, of their Server application, and I thought I would celebrate them.
The reasons I use Plex instead of say, Kodi, are very simple:
Only one place I need to manage metadata
If I setup another device to view media on, say another phone, Raspberry Pi, Apple TV, all I do is sign into my Plex account. I don't need to pick Media folders on each player and select media agent.
I can listen/watch pretty much anywhere
I can watch my content on my phone, iPad, Raspberry Pi, PS4, web browser, web browser on second computer. Everything syncs with the server so I can continue playing where I left.
My local mp3 library is available everywhere. I recently switched to a Plex (Pass) music library, and it's been working great. Last.fm scrobbling and all. Last.fm is set up on my Plex account so I don't need to sign into Last.fm on all my playback devices.
I can share my content with friends and family
I can manage who gets what
I'm not saying Plex is perfect though. There are some areas where I think it could improve:
Kodi has a better Raspberry Pi client
Kodi has more and better plugins
Kodi has better automatic subtitles via OpenSubtitles integration
Plex doesn't handle re-watching TV shows that good
If I want to get "watched markers" reset, I have to mark the show as unseen...
Plex doesn't have a dedicated music player app for any platform
I would love to have a dedicated music app for it on my phone so when I start it I immediately get to my music, and don't have to pick my Music library instead of Movie library
These downsides are relatively minor though. It's really the first upside I mentioned, the one place to manage metadata, which is the biggest deal for me. It is so much more convenient for me, as I constantly reset and set up new devices back and forth.