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JRiver Media Center 28.0.44 for Win / 28.0.42 for Mac

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JRiver Media Center 28.0.44 for Win / 28.0.42 for Mac

JRiver Media Center 28 is the all-in-one media management app turns any Windows PC into an entertainment hub for complete control of your digital media: Audio, Video, Images, and Television.

It connects PC to stereo, TV, remote control devices, digital cameras, scanners, and portable MP3 players. It plays all media, rips, burns, and organizes all your music, images, and video.

JRiver Media Center encodes and plays all popular media formats. Powerful utilities include Media Server for streaming music and images to remote PCs.

JRiver Media Center is more than a world class media player. It’s also a Media Network, a whole house music, movie, TV, and photo solution. The leader in audiophile quality sound. The most powerful media database available; an essential tool for large collections.

JRiver Media Center is a DirectShow player. Obsessive taggers will be delighted with cover art and metadata options. And MC backs up your work.

JRiver Media Center supports more cell phones, MP3 players, DLNA, and other devices. Powers an HTPC to entertain your family. Even different playback in multiple zones. And it can record high definition TV, and provide a replacement for cable TV. It has a Theater View interface, controllable by a MC Remote, an iPad, iPhone, Android, a Windows netbook or Touchscreen.

JRiver Media Center has a streamlined user interface designed to make it even easier to organize, find and play your digital files, and to connect to hardware devices. Make a CD of music for your car. Record your favorite shows and watch them on your TV. Play different music simultaneously in different rooms. MC’s Media Server can even stream your music to your PC at work!

JRiver Media Center Features:


  • Audiophile – WASAPI exclusive output using high-end USB DACs.
  • Native support of DirectShow DSP filters.
  • Audiophile – Added ability to play files from memory instead of disk.
  • Headphone DSP makes listening more natural and comfortable.
  • Audiophile – Support for high end USB DAC’s with WASAPI.
  • SoundcardSwitch command for the launcher, allows soundcard selection.
  • 3D album view adjusts text size to display more tracks when necessary.
  • 3D album view allows playing, adding, shuffling, and adding as next to play.


  • Image Preview allows zoom from a thumbnail to rotate, delete, compare, edit, and more.
  • Image thumbnail frames (optional).
  • Photoshop PSD file support.
  • Single command copy/send to an editor like Photoshop, and stack new image with original.


  • Video tagging using sidecar files.
  • Chapter Support for MKV and MP4.
  • Chapters added to On Screen Display.
  • Info Panel displays metadata.


  • Added new “watched” column to metadata.
  • EPG can automatically retrieve XMLTV data.
  • Automatic correlation of XML channel names and MC channel names.
  • Info Panel displays metadata, including TV program art.
  • TV program art from YADB.

Theater View

  • Watch Hulu and YouTube from Theater View
  • Customizable nested views in Theater View
  • Customizable File Info panel to display metadata
  • Speed and quality enhancements
  • Custom backgrounds
  • Touch screen support
  • On screen clock

Remotes and Servers

  • Wiki articles: Remotes and Servers
  • Remote Relay using IR transceivers for controlling a set top box or receiver
  • Remote Setup Wizard
  • Media Center Remote learning and blasting
  • Media Center can connect to another Media Center to act as a remote (TRemote)
  • New HID remote control plug-in supports shortcuts with keyboard, mouse and gamepad
  • Remote control with REST based Web Service Interface in Library Server
  • Library Server supports read and write to allow for shared, multi-user database access
  • DLNA added to the UPnP Server
  • Library Server clients can write changes back to server
  • Library Server connections allow playback on server as Playing Now zones

JRiver Media Center plays more file formats than any other player. Connected media from Netflix, Hulu,, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia. And it sends to Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter.

Changes in JRiver Media Center 28.0.44 (2021-07-23):

  • Changed: Improved handling of MCE remote controls in Theater View Netflix mode.
  • Fixed: The Opus Input plugin was not getting installed properly.
  • NEW: There to there diversion works now.
  • Changed: The library backup message boxes show even when the program is in error free mode.

Changes in JRiver Media Center 28.0.42 (2021-07-18):

  • NEW: Track transitions of any length are supported (previously it would be capped by the buffer size).
  • Changed: When editing the track transition duration, it will empty if you are in gapless or no mode.
  • Changed: Switching the track transition mode to gapless will empty the duration.
  • Changed: The new transition method and duration are saved to the tags.
  • Fixed: IPTV time-shifting buffering file could grow indefinitely because the buffering size limit was not honored.
  • Fixed: Certain streaming audio / video playback might run up disk space usage indefinitely until playback stopped.
  • Changed: Gapless transitions no longer suppress silence (even if the option is enabled).
  • NEW: Recording is enabled on IPTV channels. Works only if time-shifting works.
  • NEW: Per File Track transitions can be selected for each file by editing the “Track Transition” and “Track Transition Duration” fields.
  • Changed: Library fields are reloaded on language changes so translated strings get recalculated.
  • Fixed: Some IPTV channels would not have duration info during time-shifting. We fixed this by changing how we collect time stamp info.

Changes in JRiver Media Center 28.0.39 (2021-07-12):

  • Fixed: Build 38 could crash during lyrics lookup.
  • Fixed: Returning from Theater View could make the window fill the screen instead of snapping back to the old size.
  • Changed: Slovak translation updated (thanks Peter Lukac).
  • Fixed: Various Theater View message box prompts could be hidden in error-free playback mode.
  • Changed: Made double-click to play and drag and drop into the player always reanalyze the file even if it’s already been analyzed.
  • NEW: IPTV channels will be played in time-shifting mode. Does not work for all URLs. If time-shifting fails, MC automatically falls back to non-time-shifting mode.

Changes in JRiver Media Center 28.0.32 (2021-06-27):

  • Fixed: Ripping using MakeMKV would fail if the destination folder didn’t exist.
  • Changed: Made the VST buffer a little bigger because the Dirac VST could report no signal with the current size.
  • Fixed: Switching from Display View to Standard View didn’t change the size back because of a change a couple builds back.
  • Fixed: The (newline) in expressions was going into the wrong part so the expression itself could be changed.
  • Changed: Slovak translation updated (thanks Peter Lukac).
  • Fixed: The TreeNode() expression is more reliable when used in the main navigation tree.
  • Changed: DSD encoding now asks the output whether it wants DSD or DoP (instead of assuming DSD).
  • Changed: Made the EQ resize nicely with the window (so you can size it taller).

Changes in JRiver Media Center 28.0.29 (2021-06-24):

  • Fixed: The Edge Web component was not being properly installed on Windows 7.
  • NEW: Added the new S-Curve cross-fade modes.
  • Fixed: When playing videos, the player could return to the previous size and position as it advanced tracks.
  • Fixed: Equalizer presets would not fully upgrade to the new 20 band approach.
  • NEW: When bitstreaming DSD at a higher rate than bitstreaming supports, it will just down convert the DSD so it will still be a DSD bitstream.
  • Changed: Using a smaller VST block size to avoid latency that could happen with some visualizers.
  • Fixed: DLNA Conversion to DSF was setting the header of the DSF file to an incorrect number of samples (2x the real amount) resulting in odd or no playback on some devices.

Changes in JRiver Media Center 28.0.27 (2021-06-21):

  • Changed: Updated LAV Filters to 0.75.1, used in video playback, many fixes and much improved AV1 video support.
  • NEW: Track Info plugins are copied during an upgrade install.
  • NEW: Added s-curve modes to the cross-fade options (instead of piggy backing). You can pick standard (in and out) or aggressive (which only fades out).
  • Fixed: The 20 band equalizer wasn’t applying all 20 bands yet.

Changes in JRiver Media Center 28.0.23 (2021-06-15):

  • NEW: The equalizer is 20 band instead of 10 band.
  • Fixed: Cancel in a library backup would still ask about saving thumbnails.
  • Fixed: Lyrics lookup could contain extra HTML markers in some cases.
  • NEW: Added a “Last Played (album)” field that is set album wide for plays.
  • Fixed: The MCWS call Control/AnalyzeAudio would not work reliably due to threading.
  • Changed: Added the ability to call Control/AnalyzeAudio with a list of file keys.
  • Changed: The web browser place holder in Theater View is now black, instead of gray, resulting in less jaring transitions when the browser is loading.
  • Fixed: Keyboard shortcuts function once again on Playing Now Track Info when using the Edge browser engine.
  • Fixed: The scrollbar in Netflix Web is hidden, for a better fullscreen experience.
  • Fixed: The “Billboard”-style main suggestion on the Netflix home page can be selected.
  • Changed: Pressing the Select/OK/Enter button after playback of a title in Netflix ended will select the “Next Episode” button.

Changes in JRiver Media Center 27.0.85 (2021-04-22):

  • Fixed: ICY metadata was not working in the previous build.
  • Changed: Simplified the buffering approach of the MP3 plugin.
  • Changed: Removed unintended double-buffering in mp4 plugin.
  • Fixed: In WMA plugin if “Disable audio buffering to disk” option (Linux only) was used, a file buffer was still created.
  • Changed: The file type is passed along with Radio Paradise files so it no longer needs to hit the server for it.
  • Fixed: When playing URLs, two layers of ICY parsing could happen causing hiccups in the audio.
  • Fixed: With memory playback enabled, playing some streaming stations with ICY metadata could fail after a while.

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Supported Operating Systems:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8/8.1
  • Windows 10

JRiver Media Center has the following general system requirements under Mac OSX.

  • Intel-based Mac
  • OSX 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or later


  • Mac with GPU supporting OpenGL 3.2 required for video support.
  • OSX 10.7.5 (Lion) or later required for video support, and recommended for best experience
  • OSX 10.9.5 (Mavericks) or later, and compatible hardware, is required to use integer playback mode.

JRiver Media Center is built and tested on Debian Jessie in both 32 and 64bit flavours.

However Media Center has been shown to run without issue on numerous other distributions including

  • Fedora
  • Debian derivatives such as Ubuntu or Raspbian
  • ArchLinux

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5 Comments on JRiver Media Center 28.0.44 for Win / 28.0.42 for Mac

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    Too much fluff in this player.

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    The best player ever !

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    This product does even half way compare to Winamp, MediaMonkey, MusicBee, JetAudio and other freeware, why would anyone be foolish enough to buy it?

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    i don't use this program much, possibly because updates are quite frequent...not sure if that's a good or a bad thing?

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    Very Nice Software. Tagging not that great, but aside from that, it truly is an "All In One" done Well