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XBMC Media Center (which was formerly named Xbox Media Center) is a free and open source cross-platform media player and home entertainment system software with a 10-foot user interface designed for the living-room TV.

Its graphical user interface allows the user to easily manage video, photos, podcasts, and music from a computer, optical disc, local network, and the internet using a remote control. It is a popular alternative to Microsoft's Windows Media Center and Apple's Front Row for HTPC (Home Theater PC) use, and similar to competing software like MediaPortal and MythTV it has a skinnable and user-configurable interface and plugin support.

XBMC was originally created as a media center application for the first-generation Xbox game console but is now, since 2010, officially only available as a native application for Linux, Mac OS X (Snow Leopard, Leopard, Tiger, first-generation Apple TV), and Microsoft Windows operating systems. Also available is a bootable Live CD and Live USB standalone version referred to as "XBMC Live" which is made for easy bare-metal installations to quickly get up-and-running, as well to be used for interactive demonstrations.

In addition, as a leader in niche market of media center software, the source code from XBMC is used as a application framework and technological convergence platform for others projects to base their Smart TV entertainment system or media center software on, and today at least Boxee, MediaPortal, Plex, 9x9 Player, and Voddler are separate derivative products that are all openly known to initially have forked the GUI (Graphical User Interface) and media player parts of their software from XBMC's source code. While still using their own brand and customized interface, a few like Boxee and 9x9 Player, are also affiliate marketing their software/devices as "Designed for XBMC" and "Powered by XBMC" with official XBMC logo by certified approval from the Team-XBMC developers and the XBMC Foundation.

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