I can comment on one of your "bugs" the EQ doesnt work because drivesoft is built with Windows Media Player as a backend and microsoft does not give access to the dsp through their SDK... even their database is wmp (access db) they will always be limited to what microsoft gives them access to via the SDK.
its always better to build the software from the ground up, leaving it non dependent on other programs to do all the HARD work. however if time is of the essence, then its a viable solution.
I have my own impressions of drivesoft, and have dealt with them in the past... we too have talked with Mad Mike, and I can tell you that its not such a match made in heaven as drivesoft would like you to think.... think about it, why do you think Pimp my Ride had TRC on the show? especially if he was a "partner" with drivesoft! He talked with us about being on the program as well... that doesnt mean that we are business partners does it? of course not! Mike Martin is a carPC hobbiest just like us, and sees the ultimate vision that all of us do, and he has the means to bring it to market, he will back behind whoever is the best in his eyes. (this doesnt mean only one either) both Drivesoft and Hybrid were at the 2004 SEMA convention. However I am not going to bash them or talk down on them, the bottom line is: the end user needs a choice... you cant be the only one in any market, what might be right for one person, isnt for someone else, and there are many talented individuals (most of them on this site) that have the ultimate goal of selling tons of software.
One thing is for sure.... if it were not for them (drivesoft) the market would be far smaller than it is.... just look at the amount of front ends that has pop'ed up in the last 12 months... so for that I thank you