On 10/08/07, FRLinux <frlinux at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 8/10/07, paul at clubi.ie <paul at clubi.ie> wrote:
> > Hmm.. Not a bad price given the spec.
>> Wow, I had overlooked the Apple TV product, it looks neat. Anyone on
> this list actually own one or may have poked with it ?
Yes, I have two. I bought a 40GB one when they first came out, then a 160GB
one for another room and finally upgraded the 40GB one to 160GB with a hard
drive from Komplett.
The devices do a small number of things very well; they sync with an iTunes
library on a Mac or PC on the LAN, and they play music and video through
HDMI or component outputs (480p, 576p, 720p or 1080i, either 50Hz or 60Hz).
If the LAN they are connected to has an Internet connection, they can also
play YouTube videos directly, as well as view movie trailers and some other
preview content from the iTunes Music Store. They don't have any capability
(yet, at any rate) of purchasing directly from the iTMS.
They play a limited number of data types natively - MP4 video, MP3 and AAC
audio - but there have been some successes in installing tools like Perian
on them to increase the range.
I like mine, but I don't expect them to be anything other than what they
are. Think of them as iPods for your living room. If you're the sort of
person who whines on endlessly about Neuros or iRiver versus iPod, I predict
that you won't like this box either.
Colm Buckley / colm at tuatha.org / +353 87 2469146
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