By Nullriver, Inc.
Open the Mac App Store to buy and download apps.
Your Xbox 360 console is capable of playing back your music and videos and viewing your digital photos. With Connect360, your Mac's ready to share.
Connect360 automatically indexes your iTunes and iPhoto libraries and shares them to your Xbox 360. You can then use the Xbox 360 Dashboard to browse and play your media, organized in the exact same way that it is on your Mac.
You can browse and play your iTunes music by song, artist, album, genre or playlist. As you add and remove content to/from your iTunes library, Connect360 keeps your Xbox 360 up to date.
You can even listen to your iTunes songs while playing a game on your Xbox 360! Now that's entertainment.
Further, Connect360 can automatically update your iTunes play count and play date for songs played on your Xbox 360.
Connect360 supports streaming of live Internet radio broadcasts to your Xbox 360! Simply add any station to a playlist and enjoy the live tunes from your Xbox!
With Connect360, you can view your iPhoto photo library on your television screen, they're especially beautiful in vivid high definition.
Browse by photo album or watch a slideshow, its all easy and fun!
Connect360 supports WMV+WMA, H.264 and MPEG4 video sharing, allowing you to stream HD quality video or movies right to your living room!
Connect360 features on-the-fly automatic transcoding of many formats so that you can effortlessly enjoy your media on your Xbox 360.
Connect360 works with both the Xbox 360 built in network port (wired) and the Xbox 360 WiFi adapter.
Connect360 will automatically detect your Xbox 360 and your Xbox 360 will automatically detect your Mac running Connect360.
The built in Access Control List (ACL) feature allows you to easily limit which Xbox 360s can connect to your Mac.
Note: If you've bought the App Store version, do not download the Preference Pane version available on our web site as they will conflict. If you have the Preference Pane version installed, please uninstall it and use the App Store version found in "Applications" on your Mac. If it is not there after installing, you are experiencing an App Store bug and should contact Apple.
What's New in Version 3.53
Corrects some preference issues such as changing the movies source folder.
Solved my problem!
When I bought my Xbox the thrill was a little tainted by the reminder I had stepped back over to the dark side and bought something by Microsoft. Seeing the icon for Media Centre made me shudder. Today I thought to myself, surely some Mac wizz has found a way of linking up Macs to an Xbox? This was the first app I found and there is no denying that it works with ease.
That being said I do want to reiterate what they say in the small print before you download. Don't install the demo from the website and then think you can just install the purchased version from the App Store. Cue much hair pulling and frustration when no matter how many times I clicked install the icon kept disappearing and no app appeared. If you do make that mistake, remember to go into system preferences and delete the 360 preference function. Only then will it install properly.
Overall, I'm pretty happy this works. Although cheekily I kind of hoped it would be a cheaper fix!
Was hesitant about paying £11 for this app, especially as a friend said he'd had issues with an earlier version. Fortunately it works perfectly - audio streaming is high quality and works almost instantly with no glitches. Same applies to streaming iPhoto galleries. Movie streaming is a little more glitchy and complicated (it's worth checking out the list of supported formats). I was sick of playing my iTunes library through my MacBook's speakers but now I can blast my music out through the home theatre system instead, which is awesome. The only thing that lets the whole expreience down is the slow and clunky media browsing system on the Xbox itself! If Microsoft sorted this out it would be ace!
Some slight support issues but fixable
I was hoping to find a good app that allowed me to stream from my macbook to my Xbox and this works a treat.
Although, I have had issues with file types; even though the application says it supports MP4 files and initially it didn't play them back when I tried to stream through my xbox. However, I did manage to fix this by going into my console's system settings > Memory > System Items, and deleted the 'Optional Media Update' and then restarted my console. Et voila! All .AVI .MOV and .MP4 movie files played perfectly!
All in all, it's not perfect but a handy little app that I would say is worth the buy.
[OS: Snow Leopard]
- Category: Utilities
- Updated: 30 January 2011
- Version: 3.53
- Size: 5.7 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Nullriver, Inc.
- © Copyright 2011-2012 Nullriver, Inc.
Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later