Sonos or Apple TV & Airtunes
man i wish i didn't read that last "need" of yours. I was just about ready to list the dozens of reasons that Sonos would rock your world but one of the "plusses" to the system is that it does not write to your system in any way (this has many benefits from performance to safety) but causes a couple negative side effects, such as the inability to update tags back to your system as you request.
There are work-arounds galore to various sonos-itunes connections and the forums at sonos.com (under support) are a fantastic starting point to get some questions answered.
As someone who went from using itunes streaming to a set of speakers wirelessly as you describe to now having used Sonos for a couple years (in perfect connection with using itunes to set up my library and playlists) and with an ipod-touch as the controller for the past 6 months, I have to say that it is a stellar system and just works so easily. However, because of the evident importance of your specific need, I would recommend further research on your end to make sure. Remember Sonos has a 30day money-back (in the US) to test it out or you can hit up a local Best Buy to at least see the device.
the other hardware positive, again for me, was that Sonos uses its own mesh network and not my household wi-fi. the fact that I have 5 zones means they each find the best bridge to each other and to the music source and the signal strength is fantastic all the time. my household net currently has one access point and the farther i get or the more I am doing decreases the signal enough that general web-browsing is fine but i wouldn't enjoy the choppy music streaming. back in the day when I had only one remote zone, it worked well enough and was a cost-savings enough, that i am not unhappy with the airtunes at all for those types of installs.
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