Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Apple TV and Home Theater

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Jan 17, 2008, 07:40 AM   #1
mkaiser1
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Leicester, UK
Storage?

Hello all,

This is only my second post (no-one replied to my first ) so please be nice to me

I'm struggling to get my head around why the Apple TV needs storage. I know that 40 gb is not an awful lot nowadays, but if it will push everything I download to my iMac why does it need storage at all? I understand that it can be used as a stand alone device, but realistically most people will also have a PC/Mac which they will use as the source for all of their videos, photos and music.

I really want to buy one of these, just a little peeved they don't do a cheaper 5gb/10 gb version.
mkaiser1 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 17, 2008, 07:49 AM   #2
tersono
macrumors 68000
 
tersono's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: UK
Reducing the disk size would not necessarily reduce retail price as the cost of a 40gb drive at manufacturer level these days is incredibly low.

The thing to bear in mind is that the ATV is designed to download music and video without use of a computer - this wouldn't be practical with a very small drive.

Personally, I wish they'd produce an ATV with 500Gb or 1Tb - would be very useful as primary storage for my music library.
__________________
11" MacBook air 2012 i5 4gb/ 128gb - 17" unibody MBP C2D 2.8Gz / 4gb / 500gb - 20" iMac 2ghz C2D / 4gb/ 2tb - iPad 3 32gb wifi/3G - iPhone 5 16gb
I also like it HERE
tersono is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 17, 2008, 07:50 AM   #3
GoCubsGo
macrumors Nehalem
 
GoCubsGo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/3A109a Safari/419.3)

You are correct but also know rentals can only be stored on your aTV. With that I now decided it had to be the larger drive. I may never rent, but I also said I'd never buy a Mac.
GoCubsGo is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 17, 2008, 07:53 AM   #4
mkaiser1
Thread Starter
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Leicester, UK
Interesting point...and thanks for the reply.

It also begs the following Q though:

Why should a buy an TV as opposed to a mini mac with a bluetooth mouse? Surely, I could use the mouse from my sofa to access the web (including YouTube) and download music and films from iTunes?
mkaiser1 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 17, 2008, 08:03 AM   #5
NightStorm
macrumors 68000
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Whitehouse, OH
Quote:
Originally Posted by mkaiser1 View Post
Interesting point...and thanks for the reply.

It also begs the following Q though:

Why should a buy an TV as opposed to a mini mac with a bluetooth mouse? Surely, I could use the mouse from my sofa to access the web (including YouTube) and download music and films from iTunes?
Because you won't get the shiny new interface, and while the method you mentioned may work for you, it isn't a simple solution for those who want an easy-to-use box.

Before this announcement, I saw the 40GB hard drive as a waste of a drive as I streamed everything to it via my iMac. However, with the rentals and iTunes Store coming in this update, it finally has a use.
NightStorm is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 17, 2008, 08:22 AM   #6
LouisBlack
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Balham, London
Quote:
Originally Posted by mkaiser1 View Post
Why should a buy an TV as opposed to a mini mac with a bluetooth mouse? Surely, I could use the mouse from my sofa to access the web (including YouTube) and download music and films from iTunes?
HD rentals aren't available for Macs, only the TV. I always thought a Mini would be a lot better as a media centre/file server but as it lacks this functionality now, the TV is looking much better.
__________________
- 13" Macbook Pro 2011
- Macbook 2010
- iPhone 4
LouisBlack is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 17, 2008, 08:23 AM   #7
jwa898
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by tersono View Post
would be very useful as primary storage for my music library.
Can you use it as a primary music library and then stream it to your pc?
jwa898 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 17, 2008, 09:46 AM   #8
Scarpad
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Yeah 40gb is plenty big for a rental or two, all I'd be doing, then you would watch it and delete
Scarpad is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Apple TV and Home Theater

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
cloud storage vs more in-phone storage? (64gb) ThereGoesJB iPhone 18 Sep 12, 2013 02:05 PM
iMac with 768 Flash Storage - Which external drive for Lightroom photo storage? pete78 Digital Photography 7 Apr 5, 2013 01:43 AM
Other Storage cafleming1987 iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting 2 Oct 21, 2012 10:29 PM
Need more storage? iamsen47 MacBook Air 1 Sep 22, 2012 11:45 AM
icloud storage/manage storage SMargaret iPad 1 Jun 19, 2012 09:08 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:28 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC