XBMC for Mac OS X continues to mature, gives Front Row much needed competition

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Formerly named Xbox Media Center, XBMC made the original Xbox useful long past its sell-by date, and it’s now been ported over to Mac OS X. Well, it’s been available for OS X for some time now, but yet another beta was released a few hours ago. That latest version, 0.5b8, can be found here.

Now, you ask yourself, “Just why would I use XBMC on my Mac?”

Because it’s great. Is that reason enough?

Let’s say you have a Mac mini or MacBook tucked away somewhere—why not put it to good use? XBMC will transform your Mac into a dedicated home theater PC. And unlike the Xbox1 version, the Mac version isn’t running on underpowered hardware, meaning you can watch HD rips at your leisure.

Imagine Front Row, but without the codec limitations.

My advice would be to play around with it this weekend for a bit. What else are you doing?

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