Originally Posted by HiHoStevo
However I am not a Mac-O-Phobe so I am not averse to finding a Mac solution that would work for what I am trying to do...
I would like to "rip" all of my DVD's and CD's to an external HD and then have an interface something like Windows MCE to be able to access them from!
Or is their a better way to have an "MCE" style interface for accessing your movies and music.
Trying to recreate the Windows Media Center experience on a Mac may not be the most efficient way to go about this. I understand that it is what you are used to, however, the Mac has been available for HT for a relatively short time compared to Linux and Windows and the choices are not yet as rich as on the Windows/Linux side.
There are Mac front ends similar to MCE (if you look at the FAQ at the top of this forum, look for the link in section 2.A.), however, many are still in an early state of developement.
Some of us use DVDpedia, which is an inexpensive commerical program, that will give you a graphic display of all your films and, if you have them ripped to a hard-drive, will play them for you.
Some of us use Front Row, the front end that Apple supplies with all new computers, with a hack called DVD Assist which permits the same thing.
The link in the FAQ leads to other front ends. If you want to have one, you will need to investigate them yourself and see which one best fits your needs. Good luck.