My objective is to only rip my collection once. However, there are some issues, as I'm sure many of you are aware. Currently ATV has no 5.1 support (direct or passthrough). However, for this series of questions I will assume that problem has been solved. When ripping, with tools such as handbreak, there are various preset options. Now obviously you're going to have to pick a certain bitrate level if you want the AC3 5.1 option and a good enough picture for a 720p/1080i set. This has the consequence of large files, and in turn large bitrates for the file. 1) I assume this is not a problem for the ATV to handle? 2) Will the iTouch or iPhone be able to handle this directly (sync)? Or is the resolution and audio "too good"? Perhaps what I'm asking is can either of these downgrade the source on the go? Squeez to fit and only pass 2 channels of audio? 3) Perhpas dependant upon #2, but if you use some of the various methods out there now to stream video to your iPhone, would these larger (good for 720p consumption) files work? I'm affraid the answer is going to be that you'd have to rip twice now. First for iPhone/Pod compatability and a second for ATV compatability. Then, if the 5.1 issue is fixed you'd have to rerip a third time to replace you first ATV rip.