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Front Row Enabler for Lion

posted Jul 17, 2011, 1:02 PM by Ralph Perdomo   [ updated Jul 30, 2011, 3:24 PM ]
Since its introduction in OS X Tiger, I have been using Front Row (along with the Perian plugin) as a media center solutions for my Macs. Once I discovered that Front Row was removed from the betas in Lion I took this as an ominous sign that it would not be making the final cut. Mucking around however, I discovered that there are only a few core files necessary to get Front Row to work in Lion. Those files are:

/System/Library/CoreServices/Front Row.app
/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/BackRow.framework
/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/iPhotoAccess.framework
/System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.RemoteUI.plist
/Applications/Front Row.app

And that's exactly what Front Row Enabler for Lion does. Its a package file that contains these files from a known good Snow Leopard image and installs it onto your Mac. So for those upset for the lack of Front Row support in Lion; Buck up! Our battle has been won!

**UPDATE I**
With the recent update to iTunes 10.4, Apple has changed how the library is read/written (iTunesAccess.framework?). As such, your iTunes Library content will not play in Front Row. I am hoping Apple rectifies this issue (as it also affected my Snow Leopard Machine). You can however access 'Photos' and 'Movies'. I will update the package if/when an update is made available.

**UPDATE II** 07/30/2011
Fabz of eXpérience2geek points out that downgrading to iTunes version 10.3  re-enables 'Music' support for Front Row. Thanks for looking out! The article can be found here.

More Blog Articles relating to this one:
Change Front Row's Language - Provides information on changing Front Row's language
Make your own Packages - Illustrates how to make your own package file


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Ralph Perdomo,
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