Apple TV - Buy 160s while You Can??

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by powerbook911, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    Would the smarter move be to buy a backup 160 GB Apple TV?

    I ask because being able to buy music and other media was a good feature too.

    You were also guaranteed a HD quality level whereas the streaming service will probably downgrade the quality if your connection is bad.

    What do you think?

    Is buying a 160 GB the actual smart move rather than the new Apple TV?
  2. macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2009
    Florida, USA
    Really depends on personal needs. Personally, new model is not worth upgrading from my existing units, especially the one I use for the kid's playroom to which I sync all of their movies as my home network wireless signal is pretty weak so streaming doesn't work so well. We also like to load it up and take it with us on vacation--not possible with the new version.

    In fact, followed your suggestion and picked up an extra gen one unit from the Apple Store--on clearance for $149.
  3. macrumors 68000


    Feb 4, 2010
    Sure, especially if you have a sizable media collection already purchased. For example, I have 90GB+ of video, mostly purchased from iTunes over the years. Movies and TV shows. If I go with the new Apple TV, it's streaming from my laptop only. If I have my current Apple TV, they sit on its hard disk just fine.

    Eventually I'll have to upgrade because hard disks fail sooner or later. But if you have a large collection you'd rather not stream all the time, the current version could be a good purchase to tide you over for a few years.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2006
    I am sure there will be a flood on eBay soon!
  5. macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2009
    Not only that but you will eventually have to upgrade when Apple finally releases the iTunes cloud stuff. Then all those purchases you make will just stream on demand any time instead of "rent only" like they are now. I suspect that is the biggest reason Apple ditched the hard drive.

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