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Mountain Lion hostile to Front Row?

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KoshAlwaysHere Calculating status...
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Aug 15, 2012 7:07 PM

Mounting Lion seems hostile to Front Row, which would still work under Lion, with some persuasion.

It's all well and good to say it's been discontinued…


  • Why sell Mac Mini with HDMI and discontinue Front Row ? What are Apple customers expected to use?
  • Mounting Lion upgrade process lets Front Row application through.
  • Front Row doesn't even attempt to launch, as if it's being blocked deliberately.


If there a fix or terminal option to get Front Row working again, could someone please let us know. It's not like there's any Apple replacement.

Or any other company for that matter. And no, Plex is hopless, it ignores folder structure, it's useless to me. Put an alias in your Movie's folder and you can see anything you want in Front Row.


Simple, just works, just abandoned.


Off to, now.

  • William Lloyd Level 6 Level 6 (19,220 points)
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    Aug 15, 2012 7:26 PM (in response to KoshAlwaysHere)

    Front Row didn't exist in Lion.  It was removed.  So at some point it's going to stop working... perhaps Mountain Lion is the time.  I didn't even know that it worked in Lion (I thought it was removed from my system).


    I think Apple TV + AirPlay Mirroring is probably more the "expected" solution to this problem now.

  • Grafton Reed Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 29, 2012 2:46 PM (in response to KoshAlwaysHere)

    Try Plex. It's free and has a very cool interface. You can catalogue and access all of your media files. Make sure you download the manual or YouTube tutorial, so you can utilize all of it's features.

  • Grafton Reed Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 29, 2012 2:49 PM (in response to KoshAlwaysHere)

    I forgot to add, that you will need to download Remote Buddy so it will work with your Apple Remote Control and Plex, as well as any other app on your computer. I think it's 15 bucks and well worth it . However, if you have an iPhone you can use it as a remote by downloading an app called Rowmote for $1.99. Cheers!

  • petermac87 Level 5 Level 5 (4,065 points)
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    Aug 29, 2012 2:55 PM (in response to Grafton Reed)

    don't think I'll waste my breath with this one


    Message was edited by: petermac87

  • PattieLennoah Calculating status...
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    Sep 4, 2012 7:01 PM (in response to KoshAlwaysHere)

    Couldn't agree with you more. I downloaded PLEX and couln't wait to uninstall it. What a pain in the butt that service is. I have all of my movies on an external 2TB hard drive. I could still use Front Row and the Apple Remote to access them and it was seamless. I'm running Mountain Lion on my MacBook Pro, but am still on Snow Leopard on my iMac because I don't want to lose Front Row. I suppose I could drag the movie I want to watch into iTunes and use the "Remote" app on my iPhone, which actually works very well, but I'd rather watch direct from the external hard drive. Apple really needs to address this.....

  • PattieLennoah Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 4, 2012 7:33 PM (in response to KoshAlwaysHere)

    I've done that. I just hope they're listening.....

  • wickidchyld Calculating status...
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    Sep 19, 2012 6:35 PM (in response to KoshAlwaysHere)

    lack of front row is one of the reasons i've still got snow leopard as well. plex was meh. boxee works "ok", not great, but better than plex and is apple remote compatible.

  • Canuck1970 Calculating status...
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    Sep 24, 2012 8:29 PM (in response to wickidchyld)

    Have you tried XBMC for Mac? I find it works quite well and is very close to Front Row in many key aspects. The main thing I miss about Front Row is the movie trailers. 

  • Mike Thornbury Calculating status...
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    Dec 2, 2012 9:26 PM (in response to KoshAlwaysHere)

    "I have installed Plex, but can't wait to remove it. It's too complex and dumb. "


    I suspect that it isn't able to be both complex and dumb at the same time. It's moderately complex. In that you need to tell it which folders hold your media. Not that hard, surely? Is reading the manual too complex for you?


    It's easy to see where the 'dumb' comes in...

  • Mike Thornbury Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 9:28 PM (in response to Canuck1970)

    If you like XBMC, you'll love Plex. Give it a try.


    XBMC was the source for Plex, which has grown into a really great media server as a result.


    I became disenchanted with XBMC - it had too many limitations.

  • Mike Thornbury Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 9:32 PM (in response to PattieLennoah)

    I don't understand why Plex is a PITA for you? All you do is configure plex to point to your external 2TB drive and voila!


    I suspect you are over-thinking, or just not bothered to go through a few simple steps to get your 'service' (actually, an app...) working correctly.


    This is what happens when people believe the hype that Mac's require no learning - they're just intutitive. People with absolutely no desire to learn anything think they are entitled to have everything done for them or they slag off a fantastic app because it is too 'dumb'.


    Make an effort - pick up the manual.

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