Well I havent had a chance to play with it, as I dont have a wireless router? i’m waitiing for my brother to come over and show me what to do! sounds like my wedding night hahahaha. I have about 50 gigs of itunes and I just wanted to watch my music videos on the lounge room.
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I bought an Apple TV as a means of playing music in the living room and – via an existing Scart connection from the TV – out to the kitchen. I wanted a solution that would involve as little ‘fiddling’ around to fire up, as I’d found I hadn’t been listening to CD’s because of the effort involved (why is it always so hard to find a home for the CD already in the tray?) which is a shame as we have an excellent Arcam player. With the quick and effortless TV based menus this has delivered a very convenient ‘appliance’ that also sounds superb.
Unlike the rest of the world it seems, our unit doesn’t run hot. I don’t know if this is because they’ve changed the hardware (this written at the end of April 09). It spent good while syncing about 11,500 songs (76Gb) of music and ran at a temperature approximately equivalent to a cat’s armpit. When playing music, the same. When on standby, barely discernible.
Our main TV doesn’t have HDMI or component in, but having researched this point ahead of purchase I can confirm with relief that by connecting the green connector to a composite input, a perfectly sharp black-and-white picture is possible. I was happy to live with this until we get a new TV (planned for within the next year) as we initially only wanted this for music.
Unlike an earlier comment I read, the ability to add items to playlists is there for me (hold play for a second or two on a track) and I assume this must have been added in a more recent software release. The only thing that is missing that irritates me is a search facility, but then this omission is likely because of the difficulty in designing an interface to work with the simple remote control: on this Windows Media Centre works better, where you can use the remote to enter the text to search as you would a mobile phone (on the other hand, seeing the ‘delete’ option in WMC next to my precious songs scared me).
On a final note, this is the first Apple product I have ever bought in 25 years of PC computing. The reason: its the right tool for the job.
Good informative article. Every point made was on the mark.( runs too hot, easy setup, perfect syncing, etc. ) I bought mine on 3/12/09, and I love it. My only gripe is the intense heat of the unit. I have a glass and wood media center ( wood top and sides, 2 glass shelves ), and have a SAMSUNG HDTV on top, and the DVD ( PHILIPS ), VCR,(SONY ) and AMPLIFIER ( ONKYO ) on the bottom shelves. The APPLE TV sits next to the SAMSUNG. Even with adequate ventilation it runs hot. So I unplug it if I’m not using it. All in all a good product. Yes I am an APPLE fanboy.
We loved Apple TV so much, we now have two… one for each floor of the house. The larger size is a must, especially with the movie download capability, from the couch. That said, here’s what I would suggest to make users like us even happier:
- allow creation of playlists choosing artists, not songs. I’d love to be able to select (for example) Jackson Browne, Lyle, Lovett, Bonnie Raitt and not have to select each song by that artist. Sure, you can shuffle the entire library, but I hate when ACDC starts cranking when my elderly father-in-law is in the house.
- it still isn’t that easy to get each computer in household in sync, so to speak. I couldn’t get all of my music transferred from my PC to my MAC, but my MAC can see the full library when I have it in the house. Should be easier to get everyone (of course up to max # of machines) working from the same libary, so you can add music and movies from more than one computer. That whole thing is still a little messy
I find it difficult to stream content on my Apple TV, it goes off.
Had the Apple TV for about a week now… a lot of cool stuff and a few glaring holes:
* Easy to set up.
* Works well with iTunes.
* I now have access to Music, Photos and Movies form our lounge room without having to go over the wireless network in real-time. We were using Airport Express and would experience dropouts occasionally when playing music… Apple TV catches everything locally.
* 40GB drive is not big enough, I am probably going to have to follow one of the hacks and replace the hard drive with a bigger one. Not sure why Apple made it so small or difficult to replace/extend? you should be able to plug an external USB drive into the USB port.
* Syncing took some time over the wireless network
* Requires Component video or HDMI… if you have a TV that only takes Composite or S-video you’ll lose colors. This has left me looking at purchasing a LCD TV… way more than the cost of the Apple TV. Perhaps it should be called AppleHDTV Tongue out
* It would not synch my movies created with iMove/iDvd – not sure but it said that Apple TV could not play these movies… mmm a bit frustrating.. Actually I found a solution you need to convert in to MP4
* Arrgggggh – I disconnected my Powerbook from my USB drive which had all my Photos on it… and synched – guess what happened? Doh? It removed all 10 GB of Photos from the Apple TV….it makes sense.. but just no warning. I guess it makes sense to keep Synch on Manual. Not sure if Apple could think of something to help make it more idiot-proof.
I have had the Apple TV for about 4 days now. I’m in love. However, there are a few things that I wish Apple would fix. Many of these have been mentioned before.
If an HDTV is strongly recommended, have HD content. TV shows through iTunes are watchable, but no wow factor (especially on a 46″ XBR2 Sony).
Find a way to stream pictures from other computers.
Fix the scrolling in the music section (ex. jump to a, b, c, etc… instead of push and hold the button)
Other than that I look forward to many years with this thing…
I pre-ordered my Apple TV within a week of the announcement, and waited eagerly for it. I must say I have not been disappointed. Setup was as effortless as I could have imagined, and performance over my Airport Extreme 802.11n network has been flawless. I had very bad experiences with Windows XP Media Center Extenders — not a one ever worked properly or reliably. Apple TV just works, period. I’m having a great time trying to link and comment upon all the important Apple TV news at my blog at http://www.couchapple.tv and I will certainly point my readers to this excellent review.
I was waiting for the infamous DT review, and you guys did not let me down. Very honest and detailed. I do think the Apple TV is cool, but it sounds more like a compliment to an Apple PC than a product strong enough to stand alone. I don’t like that it gets that hot, and Apple was really really cheap by not including any audio or video cables. I will pass for now, but look forward to “version 2″.