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Sep 12, 2010, 06:31 AM
Which interface would you prefer in combination of aesthetics and usefulness?
Old AppleTV with plastic, aluminium or tv remote, or iPhone/iPod Touch Remote.app
New AppleTV with AirPlay and movies needed to be stored on iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, which means you'll also here use these devices like a remote
New Mac mini with Front row, Plex or Cover flow in iTunes/Finder, with Griffin Powermate or Magic Trackpad to control if possible, or alu remote?
Sep 12, 2010, 07:17 AM
Not a big fan of the remote app really, although it does help if you need to type stuff. I like appletv with IR remote- can't wait to get the new model delivered!
Sep 12, 2010, 07:26 AM
Is Remote.app the same as Remote learning with iPhone/iPod Touch in the ATV menu, if not how does the latter work (since it has no buttons)?
Sep 12, 2010, 07:44 AM
No no - it uses your network via wifi to control iTunes and appletv.
Much more multi functional, but much less instant.
Sep 12, 2010, 08:08 AM
Oh I see. So Remote.app gives you get a list of the content, but no pictures or fancy graphics? Can you see any change on the :apple:TV screen when doing anything on the Remote.app, like selecting a movie, but not play it? Does the Remote learning turn the iPhone to a virtual d-pad?
Sep 12, 2010, 08:32 AM
Remote.app shows you album and movie artwork (on the iPhone) and navigation is live on the Apple TV (when using the gesture pad feature) just like the remote.
Sep 12, 2010, 11:47 AM
Oh, in that case I might buy one to try, thought it displayed just text.
Does anyone have Magic Trackpad and know if it's programmable? I tried it in iTunes, but since it's like a mouse you must hold one finger down on coverflow's bar before you can swipe. I would rather prefer doing it without finger pressed, in full screen mode that would be like a gigantic iPod Touch. Unless there's some mouse gesture setting in iTunes that would probably require programming it to simulate left/right keys instead of the mouse.
With my Powermate I can rotate the knob to select movie in Cover flow, which is quite nice, except that cover flow doesn't display meta data for movies like Frontrow do. For Frontrow I can't get it to work at all.