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News sites and blogs have gotten caught in confusing language numerous times.
The software only barely runs on the original Xbox, and then only because some clever developers are still hacking on that platform. Furthermore, while the software still acts as a media center, it also hosts addons, loads games, streams content to and from numerous devices, and can ultimately act as a complete replacement for whatever platform it is hosted on.
Indeed, XBMC today is far more an Entertainment Center than a simple Media Center.
In essence both the “XB” and “MC” simply don’t make a whole lot of sense any more.
We are excited to announce that the media center software we’ve all loved for so many years will have a new name, starting with version 14.
Instead of XBMC 14, we’d like to introduce you to Kodi 14.
Since 2002, the software known as XBMC has gone through three namings. Upon realizing that it did a bit more than your traditional media player, in 2004 the development team elected to rename it Xbox Media Center.
A mere 4 years later in 2008, the team once again elected to rename the software to simply XBMC, given that it had moved on from its original roots on the Xbox.
Beyond the nonsensical nature of the software’s name, there is a secondary issue.
Because “XBMC” was originally based on the name Xbox, the developers of the software (that’s us) have never had any sort of legal control over the use of its name, which has resulted in a whole slew of problems.
In the past few years, we have seen the mass confusion that resulted from this lack of control first hand.
Users have been fooled into wasting money buying boxes running hacked and typically broken versions of XBMC.