With all of the recent chatter about new MacBook Pro models sans optical disc drive, it’s not hard to imagine that a discless future lies ahead. Apparently, Microsoft agrees, as they’ve let slip that Windows 8 will not only ship without Media Center but also without DVD player software as well.
Apple’s second-generation Apple TV continues to expand its iOS-based horizons, thanks to enterprising developers who don’t have Cupertino addresses. The latest is XBMC, the open source media player’s first ARM-based release and a full port of the software.
Boxee continues to prove itself as a powerful, easy to use, and all-around great media consumption system. However, it’s useless if you can’t get media from your computer to your media center installation of Boxee. If you've got an old Mac lying around, why not breathe new life into it by turning it into a Boxee media server? This Mac can be used with any Boxee installation you may have -- whether you’re using one of those snazzy new Boxee Boxes or Boxee on a Mac, Windows, or Linux computer.
If you've taken the time to consider the new Apple TV and know in your heart of hearts that the diminutive black puck just isn't your cup of tea, you might be happy to hear that the Boxee Box is now available for pre-order. For those of our readers that have been around for a while now, you'll know that many of the Mac|Life staff have a whole lotta love for Boxee's do-everything media content software solution. With that in mind, we're also looking forward to seeing what the company can do on the hardware side of things.
If you currently use your Mac as a home media hub, you might already be using Plex instead of competitors like XBMC or Boxee. If you aren’t, you may very well be downloading it after midnight tonight, because a new update -- coupled with an all-new iOS app -- brings some magical new capabilities.