Today Plex released version 188.8.131.521, 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.
If I want to manually change the title or artwork of something I only need to do it once. I don't need to do it on every player.
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.
If there is a power out, I have offline synced a lot of TV shows to my iPad so I can watch there while the TV has no power. When power is back and my Mac Mini Plex Server is back on, what I watched offline will be synced.
I can share my content with friends and family
I can manage who gets what
My friend or family can be anywhere in the world, and it's securely transmitted
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...
...but then that also makes trakt.tv consider it 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
I would also like a native music player app on Windows and OS X, running your music in a web browser window is not great
Plex on PS3 can't use a server which requires HTTPS, which is really weird
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.