5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 3, 2014 11:44 AM by nessviewer
marcofromsv Level 1 Level 1

Hi All,

I recently upgraded from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion.


All great except for my Apple Remote control.

Before, I could effectively control my iMac media with Apple Remote by using Front Row (music, photos, videos, good integration with iTunes and iPhoto).

Now, as I understand, Front Row is expired.

So, my Apple remote still works but with very limited options (just music, forward, backward and volume), and it's a real pity.

Any of you Guys know how to restore Front Row?

Otherwise maybe suggest an alternative (sth similar, should allow iMac media control by Apple Remote)?


So far I tried to restore all Front Row files by a Time Capsule Snow Leopard backup (as indicatred on some other Communities).

To restore was easy, but then, no way to launch it.


Any advice will help!
Thanks in advance/all the best.


iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Same problem with Mac Book Pro
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8

    Front Row has been withdrawn by Apple as it is incompatible with both Lion and Mountain Lion.


    Apple would like you to use AppleTV instead.

  • marcofromsv Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks Klaus1 for your prompt answer, although I went again through a dated discussion.

    I also got the feeling that somehow they want to push Apple TV..


    But, respectfully speaking towards our Friends at Apple, is it fair to promise what you don't deliver?

    I have choosen apple because I percive it's different.


    At currently published link: http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MC377Z/A/apple-remote

    they do promote the following:


    Apple Remote with Mac

    The Apple Remote gives you total command of your music, photos, videos and DVDs from anywhere in the room. It works with Front Row - a menu-based, full-screen interface - to make accessing the digital content on your Mac as simple as navigating your iPod. When you press the Menu button, your desktop fades and the sleek, Front Row interface takes its place, to give you control over your music in iTunes, your photos in iPhoto, the videos in your Videos folder and your DVDs. Turn up the volume. Shuffle. Skip to the next chapter on your DVD. Play a slide show, a home video that you made in iMovie, even a film trailer.

    Compatible with Apple products introduced in 2005 or later that have a built-in infrared (IR) receiver. Not compatible with MacBook Pro with Retina display.


    Cost for this is 15£ (19€).


    Now, I have iMac and Mac Book Pro (no retina display) both with Mountain Lion installed, and I understand both of them are not compatible with Front Row.


    Actually I adore apple tv and I got 2 at home nicely working on 2 different TVs.

    So I accomplished twice their wish of selling this product to me.


    Why shall they deceive me (and many others, as I read) by killing a still promised service?

    Should I read all forums before buying a trusted-brand-product like apple, to ensure that id does what declared?


    Don't get me wrong, I'm an enthusiast user of the whole apple family, since many years, and still I am.

    Just politely complaining for this decision, which creates to Many an easy avoidable disservice.




  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8

    You have a point, that article is out of date. I will report that, but you can also lend your voice to the clamour (but without ever receiving a reply):


    Where to send product feedback to Apple:



  • TylerCoxx Level 1 Level 1

    This Worked for Me

    No Need for Plex or Anything Like that, I Use it on XBMC



  • nessviewer Level 1 Level 1

    Your request is "very" old, but if you are still searching for a media center application which integrates music, photos, videos and application media from Aperture, EyeTV, iTunes (including DRM), iPhoto, Miro... then you might take a look at nessMediaCenter.


    nessMediaCenter was inspired by Front Row and is very different to the open source media center applications: for example it is using only Mac OS X system functionality and offers direct access to application media and folders like the picture, movie folder or volumes.