04-12-2007, 02:29 PM
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Appleinsider story on modular MC
According an October 2005 filing published for the first time on Thursday, media components supported by the exemplary system would include any computer readable medium that contains digital data and/or an application that can access digital data, such as a DVD player or iPod.
The "multi-media center" itself could be designed in the form of a complex computer program, such as Apple's Front Row software, that would reside on one or more personal computers. The central-user-interface would then be capable of graphically representing each media-component as a selectable item in a main menu, with user input coming by way of a keyboard, mouse, wireless remote, or similarly capable device like the iPhone.
The simplistic plug-and-play aspect of the media center would hinge heavily on a modular architecture that includes at least one software-based media-module for each of the media-components configured for the system. "A media-module can include or obtain data pertaining to a particular media-component (e.g., user interface menus, lists of digital data in the media-component)," Apple engineer Thomas Madden wrote in the filing. "In addition, a media-module can also identify media-player(s) and access information related to their media (e.g., music or movie lists)."
There's more at the link above. Those stealthy bastids in Cupertino. Could they really be working on the Media Center architecture to "rule" them all? I must admit I like the idea of a modular system far more than a system based around putting a computer in your living room that looks like a CE device on steroids.