Apr 27 2009
I think we’re all glad that Apple stopped beating around the bush and released Front Row for the mini. Of course, die-hards will tell you that media has had a home on the mac since its inception. Check out these freebies that will let you get a handle on music, movies and more.
Got Tiger? Then you don’t need a special invitation from Steve Jobs to install Front Row on your Mac. This freeware utility allows anyone with 10.4.5 to enjoy the newest version of Front Row (with Bonjour support). Obviously not sanctioned by Apple, but it works.
But then again, the Open Source crowd has its own media management system. CenterStage also requires Tiger. Its most recent release includes photo, music and movie viewers. The project is alpha, but promises to be a great application. The website is a great resource for home theater integration too.
mMedia is another media management system for your Mac. This one integrates DivX (via QuickTime plugin), DVD’s, pictures and music. It also plays nice with Elgatos EyeTV and works on Panther. This is also a very young application, so expect rough edges.
For thos of you on the creation side of media, you should be aware of this “digital audio workstation”. It runs on X11, but has a very slick interface and pro-level controls. If GarageBand leaves you wanting, check this one out.
Now for our EU music listeners, you’ll want to check out goPod. This utility removes the volume limits on iPods. Now we can all enjoy deafening jams regardless of which side of the Atlantic we’re on. What? Exactly.
In one last treat for audiophiles, there’s ThisWeekOnXM. This app will take you straight to the programming pages of XM so you can see what’s in the lineup for your satalie radio.
That should be enough to keep you on the couch and out of trouble. Be back here next week for more of the best in free software.