It seems to me that most people who use Macs in their home theater setup use something else than Front Row. Plex seems to be one of the most popular Front Row-replacements. I'm currently thinking of buying a Mac mini and use it as the core of my home theater. And the two apps I'm looking at are Plex and Front Row (for the reason that it ships with the Mac). My plan is that I will be hosting my (and my wifes. we will probably use just one shared iTunes-library) iTunes-library on the Mac mini. The actual managing of the library will be handled by our MBP, but the actual files will be hosted on the mini. I must admit that my experience with both Plex and Front row is limited, but I have done some tests with both. And my gut-feelings are these: Plex is more powerful of the two. But it might be that a lot of that power would go wasted on our use. And that power makes it more complicated as well. Also, it's integration with iTunes is less than perfect. All my movies are in iTunes, but Plex can't see that content. The documentation regarding this seems quite confusing, and I read some comments which say that playing back video that is in iTunes does not work yet. Granted, I haven't spent a lot of time working on this issue yet, but point is that it does not work out of the box. What about Front Row? the UI seems simpler, which is a good thing. It obviously has top-notch iTunes-integration. But there is one dilemma here. While Front Row integrates with iTunes, does it work in my case? I mean, Front Row would be running on a Mac mini that contains our iTunes-library, but the actual iTunes would be running on another machine. Can I point Front Row to the directory containing the library and tell it "use the content you find in this folder", without having iTunes running on the machine at all? What happens when I add content through our MPB to the library, does Front Row pick that new content automatically? Another benefit Front Row has is that it's completely integrated with the DVD-player, whereas Plex is not. In the future I might extend the functionality of that mini with DVR-functionality (probably through Elgato EyeTV), how well does that work together with the two apps? Like I said, it seems that most people do NOT use Front Row when it comes to home theater-use. Why? What are the downsides of it? Am I missing something obvious here?