Apple has once again bashed popular alternate media management and browisng software, Boxee, in the form of a new release of it Apple TV software.
Apple TV 2.3.1 slipped out to users quietly today. The software is only available using the Apple TV’s built-in update engine, but has the effect of rendering Boxee’s software unusable.
There’s been very little detail made available as to the content of the software patch, which seems to be a minor version upgrade. Network testing tools and more immediate music playback when using the Remote app on an iPhone and iPod touch have been noted by some users.
Recent reports suggested Apple may be quietly moving to launch an iTunes Replay service, which will allow users to stream their iTunes video purchases directly from the company’s servers for playback anywhere, anytime without eating up local storage.
A November update for the Apple TV also disabled Boxee, though the developers behind the software managed to ship a patch within days.
Since the news, the Boxee team have approached Distorted Loop with the following information:
“For those of you with AppleTVs or covering the AppleTV update, we want to let you know that boxee does run on the updated 2.3.1 software.
“Each firmware update from Apple will normally erase non-Apple menu items from AppleTV.
“Boxee users simply need to re-apply the patchstick to add the menu item back. Additionally boxee software and data persists so after the patchstick has be applied, user logins, media sources, preferences, etc. will be just as they were before the upgrade.
“Calm down and carry on.”
Patchstick Link: http://code.google.com/p/atvusb-creator/