Apple updates Front Row multimedia program

As it continues to move into the home entertainment space, Apple updated its Front Row multimedia application on Tuesday to add enhanced multimedia sharing capabilities across computers on the same network.

The new version of Front Row allows users to access shared iTunes and iPhoto libraries and video throughout their homes via Bonjour, Apple’s term for zero configuration networking technology that’s built into Mac OS X.

During a special press event at company headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., Apple CEO Steve Jobs demonstrated a new Intel-based Mac mini system running the new version of Front Row. Jobs showed off Front Row’s new ability to stream iTunes content from other machines on the same network.

Just as the updated Front Row can share music libraries over a network, it can also share videos and iPhoto photo albums, according to Jobs.

Jobs said an updated version of Front Row would be released for Macs that already feature the software.

As Macworld posted this article Apple had not yet begun to distribute the updated application, but Apple’s Downloads Web page routinely includes such links.

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