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Will you buy the Apple TV?
Yes
40%
 40%  [ 12 ]
No
40%
 40%  [ 12 ]
Undecided
20%
 20%  [ 6 ]
Total Votes : 30

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Charles
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2007 2:35 am    Post subject: Will you buy the Apple TV? Reply with quote

I kicked off our new poll forum yesterday by asking about the iPhone.

So, I ask today: Will you buy the Apple TV?

I answered yes to this poll.

I ordered one the day it was released. I don't plan on using it personally, but we needed a test unit for the site. I currently use a 1.66GHz Mac mini with a 42" Dell plasma for HTPC-type purposes.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2007 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's got to be a no for me.

I'd really like to be able to get a device like this.

Unfortunatly its too restrictive.

1. Itunes sucks. (Or more specifically it's not for me, I like to do things my way, again restrictive)

2. It wont play my media. I have lots of media in various formats that I want to be able to play. Re-encoding it not an option because it will produce too much loss.

Given all this and other things I'll probably end up using my core solo for the purpose when I get a new mac.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2007 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to get one, but I'm waiting until I get my widescreen first.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2007 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bought one on Tuesday. I think Apple TV will work out nice for us G4 and G5 owners looking for Front Row fun. As for iTunes DRM, I don't encode my media in a lot of different formats, so it doesn't bother me. The ability to play Video TS would've been nice though. But hey, that can be said about Front Row.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 4:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm undecided, but leaning towards buying one. I'd really like to read a few real world reviews before making my mind up.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeppers! I can't wait to get my hands on it and give it a whirl.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm confused about exactly what it does, but I think that in the future I'll be buying one.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dirtychinchilla wrote:
I'm confused about exactly what it does


What are you confused about?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well do I just watch tv and movies and listen to music through it? So its basically a computer without the os, being replaced with front row.
What reason should I use this over my mac mini?!
And does the Apple store only allow you to buy movies and tv programs from it once you've got Apple TV?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dirtychinchilla wrote:
Well do I just watch tv and movies and listen to music through it? So its basically a computer without the os, being replaced with front row.
What reason should I use this over my mac mini?!
And does the Apple store only allow you to buy movies and tv programs from it once you've got Apple TV?


It's actually a pretty simple device. It lets you stream media from your Mac or PC (yuck) to a TV. Or you can sync up to 40GB worth of your iTunes and iPhoto library onto the hard drive. You cannot buy stuff from the iTMS directly from the Apple TV. You can watch movie trailers though.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh so basically it acts as a middle man
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dirtychinchilla wrote:
Oh so basically it acts as a middle man


Pretty much yeah. Unfortunately though, here in the uk the itunes music store does not yet sell movies. so that function won't be useable for us until they do!
The way I understand it the apple tv will play any movies that itunes can, so it's mp4 format only I think.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I said no, I really don't have a need for it.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

40GB and you cant connect a external HD, plus it works best with the new airport extreme BS. With a mini you still have a OS, able to surf, a DVD player and a bigger HD. plus you can connect a external HD & play your TS folders.
Apple TV: $300
AirPort BS $179
Total $479

It seems like a better deal to use a mini with front row.
Plus you can add Leopard.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watch content on my 20" ACD, and I have a very good sound system on the mini, so I said no.

I think I'd retire my G4 mini to the living room before I'd buy this device.
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