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16-20 hours playing with an install trying to get it to work is the kind of hardcore geek we need.
I guess the answer will somewhat be demand driven and the demand seems to certainly be focussed on the media components, at least judging from the forums.
I also would like to see it evolve with all its features, but I must admit looking at what I use now if the media components don't work then noone would be using the rest of the system. But in media components I would also include the control of existing non-IP components such as TVs, amplifiers etc.