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Mac Media Center: the Mini

By Sparky | February 28, 2006

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Gotta love titles like that with so many capitol letters! So Apple officially has moved most of their product line over to the Intel platform with today’s introduction of the Intel based Mac Mini. The new Mac Mini comes with a Core Solo or Core Duo processor, Frontrow, and an Apple remote.

It’s good to see this transition – I might be picking one up to act as a desktop/server here shortly. I’m still not sure how I feel about the lack of a TV tuner. They have made it much more media-centric with the addition of digital audio output and a remote, but with no TV tuner I would like to see the iTunes store start releasing a lot more content to help make up for it. I realize that the future of television is not broadcast, but vodcast and IPTV, but until it becomes much more fleshed out as a service offering I doubt if we will see Apple gaining significant ground on Microsoft’s Media Center platform in the marketplace.

Update: I am also noticing that the new Intel-based Mac Mini includes Gigabit ethernet which is always a good thing in my book. Unfortunately it does not include a dedicated graphics chipset making the primary processor do all the work. For a media-centric device this is not necessarily a bad thing, but it will restrict these boxes from ever really even becoming casual gaming machines or anything other than a front end for media storage and playback.

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