Apple TV Updated with Revamped Channel for Upcoming iTunes Festival at SXSW 2014

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In preparation for this week's iTunes Festival at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2014, Apple has expanded its Apple TV lineup to include a revamped iTunes Festival channel that allows users to live stream the concert's shows as well as view lineups and artist information.

    The channel showcases artists who will be performing at the festival such as Kendrick Lamar, Coldplay, and Keith Urban, complete with artist bios and concert showtimes. Direct iTunes links to artist albums are featured as well, along with full details on opening acts.

    Apple also updated its iTunes Festival app for iOS last week, which introduced a new design and a revamped icon. Apple announced last month that it would be expanding its iTunes Festival to the U.S. for the first time, as five shows will be held from March 11-15 at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas as a part of the film and music-focused SXSW event.

    Article Link: Apple TV Updated with Revamped Channel for Upcoming iTunes Festival at SXSW 2014
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2011
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2012
    Click bait, if ever I saw it.
  4. macrumors regular

    May 12, 2013
    Delaware, USA
    Gotta say I am kind of disappointed with Apple's choice in bands. A lot of SXSW is independent up and comers (with some big names mixed in), while Apple chose to feature a lineup of mostly huge stars (no disrespect to any of the performers).
  5. macrumors 68020


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    More bloat. I have not had this many useless channels on a device since am fm radio
  6. macrumors 6502


    Jan 9, 2008
    Boston, MA
    I guess you don't have cable, then. :)
  7. macrumors 68020


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    Ha good one! Ok I stand corrected more wasted channels than my cable box !
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 23, 2011
    Leeds, UK
    It's as if Apple's purpose for the Apple TV is to give us content they select for us, rather than allowing us to pick our own. Call me crazy, but that's not what I was after when I bought it. Don't get me wrong, I use it all the time for iTunes content, but all this other crap yet no apps for TV channels here in the UK (dunno if the big stations have apps on there is the US?), it's madness, MADNESS!
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    London, UK
    You can turn channels off in (i think) the privacy settings.

    I really just want iPlayer. I got a message from the BBC saying it is a request they're aware of, but no clue to whether this is near. The iPlayer on the Virgin TiVo is not terrible (although a lot more clunky than an Apple TV app would be), but their netflix and spotify are not up to much, so it's a case of iPlayer on TiVo, Netflix on AppleTV, and Spotify via Airplay.
  10. macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2009
    Scranton, PA
    I thought iTunes was bloated... Apple TV definitely takes the cake!
  11. macrumors 65816

    May 28, 2008
    Since I cut the cord Apple TV wins.Not a problem though,I just hide 'em.
    It's free so the more the merrier.
  12. macrumors regular


    Aug 13, 2011
    Looking forward to viewing London Grammar's performance
  13. macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2014
    Wake me up when Apple makes tv easy and offers live sports and news. Otherwise let me snore.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2007
    New Mexico
    Just put your lips together.

    Does anyone know what the 'whistling song' was that played before and between bands during last September's festival? It drove me crazy, but was kinda catchy. Oh my God! I've succumbed!
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2010
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    macrumors 68000

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    Dammit, I read the first three words and got excited, only to have the feeling taken away like a football in the hands of Lucy, with me being Charlie Brown.

  17. macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2009
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2009
    Miami, FLA

    Kendrick Lamar, Pitbull and Keith Urban.... Next thing we know Tim Cook will be a judge on the Voice:)
  19. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2013
    I'm not into sports, but I can understand how obnoxious the huge gaping hole in (digital) sports access outside of cable.

    That being said, why on earth would you want cable-style news?
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2009
    It's consistent with the way Apple handles everything though in the Timmy era. Go for mass market appeal and ignore the up and coming stuff that might be more niche now but might be tomorrow's next big thing.
  21. macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    If THEY were playing at the SXSW festival, I might be interested. :)
  22. macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2006
    Carolina Beach, NC
    Do I have to re log in to every channel after this update?
  23. macrumors 68030


    Nov 23, 2011
    First tree words? Are you Irish? ;)
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 22, 2012
    Say what !? Haven't you read about those health related R&D they are doing ? 64-bit is another area they scored when competition were limiting themselves to 32-bit. They thought 64-bit is far away in mobile devices. Still don't have an official rollout yet compared to Apple.

    Apple typically want to keep their next big efforts under wrapped.
  25. macrumors 68020


    Dec 31, 2007
    Colorado & Ontario
    Well it would be nice if they'd actually take them out from under wraps once in a while and actually produce them. Anyone can look at an AppleTV and see how it can be greatly expanded & improved upon. Instead, it gets another update that adds to content bloat, while improving nothing about the functionality or usability of the device whatsoever. Gives the impression after a while that Apple either has no idea how far behind they're falling, no vision of how to improve, or no interest in any of it, & just declared "good enough" as-is. People expect big innovation from Apple, not a bare-minimum performer that's then neglected for years. There's no excuse for ignoring the AppleTV this long. It has been years since there were any real improvements. In all this time, THIS is what they think it needs? Unbelievable.

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