First Generation Apple TVs Unable to Connect to iTunes

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's first generation Apple TVs have lost their ability to connect to iTunes and appears to be affecting users worldwide.

    A lengthy Apple Discussions page shows that the problem started on the 17th of April and has persisted for 1st generation Apple TV users. Forum poster georgevargas describes the issue:
    Users have gone through the usual diagnostics, including rebooting and restoring, but have found that nothing has restored connectivity. MacRumors has confirmed the issue on our own 1st generation Apple TV.

    The initial timing of the outage corresponds to the FaceTime not working for iOS 6 users, suggesting some internal changes by Apple has affected both services. Some users are speculating that internal communication upgrades related to the Heartbleed security issue could be related. Apple denied that Heartbleed affected any of its "key services" but did not elaborate on what those might be.

    Apple has not provided any statement on if and when 1st generation Apple TV functionality will be restored or not. The first generation Apple TV was released in January, 2007 and was sold until September, 2010.

    Update 4/22 12:00 PM PT: Apple appears to have resolved the issue preventing first-generation Apple TVs from connecting to iTunes. Many users are reporting that their Apple TVs are once again functional.

    Article Link: First Generation Apple TVs Unable to Connect to iTunes
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 23, 2012
    United Kingdom
  3. macrumors 601

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    Oh here comes the posts of "Apple purposely did this to make people upgrade to the newest Apple TV".
  4. macrumors newbie


    Jun 2, 2011
    way to push the crowd! smells like politics... it's good since all people can get the same standardized system... but of course bad for those who were confortable in the way it was.
  5. macrumors member


    Nov 20, 2011
    Richmond, VA
    First generation Apple TV is kind of old, maybe it is time to upgrade. :D
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 24, 2009
    If it's a blackout, Apple needs to tell people about it.

    If it's a cutoff due to age Apple needs to warn ahead of time.

    I love you Apple but you need to act like you care about your customers that don't own the latest version of everything.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2009
    First FaceTime, now this. Apple seems to be trying to push customers to the latest and greatest.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2007
    BFE, MI
    It's Easter Sunday. Do you think anyone is working on it?
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Mr Fusion

    May 7, 2007
  10. macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2011
    Irvine, CA, USA
    A series of controlled events that force users to buy or upgrade to their newest products.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2011
  12. macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2008
    Boston, MA
    You called it!
    Well played.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2011
    So's my car but it still works. I also have a Tvix mediaplayer from 2006 that's never had a problem.
  14. macrumors 65816


    Mar 19, 2011
    Trollhättan, Sweden
    Seems as though Apple was quietly doing some core service updates for whatever reason, be it security or laying the groundwork or foundations for new functionality with the next version of iOS, something they probably do every year (so everything "just works" right out of the box) but this time they appear to have inadvertently broken older versions of the software in the process.

    Was iOS 5.x.x affected as well as iOS 6 for the FaceTime issue?

    Slightly related note, but it is hard to believe that the Apple TV is over 7 years old now! Was the latest updated version of software it received an iOS 6 based variant? Might explain a couple of things it was.
  15. macrumors 68000

    Aug 11, 2009
    I would imagine they would be.
  16. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    A total misquote and the reason why the down one button needs to come back

    1. Apple neve said their stuff is issue proof, especially using that phrase

    2. You are talking about a nearly full seven year old device, running ages old software. Time to move on from it and stop expecting it to act like it should be running just as well as when it was new.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2011
    Does anyone at Apple observe EASTER? If it was Earth Day, I could understand the company holiday. LOL
  18. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Your tin foil bunny ears are a tad too tight.
  19. macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2007
    and what? You think it's not a realistic possibility? Backwards compatibility is not guaranteed on Apple TV. Sometimes you simply are required to cut support for a wide variety of reasons.

    Could just to a Trial Balloon also. IMO, It's hardware related, and has to do with our upcoming take it in the ass experience for the defeat of Net Neutrality.:apple:
  20. macrumors 603


    Apr 21, 2003
    Hmm.. Phone 4 users losing FaceTime ability and now this? Seems more than just a coincidence...?

    If Apple did cut of these users they should have absolutely given prior warning. Thats what other companies would do.
  21. macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2007
    Not just iTunes.

    The whole functionality has gone to pot. It takes an age now to move the cursor from item to item but if you have downloads on the atv they play normally. Eventually.
  22. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Whether they do or don't is personal and private. It's a Sunday. Typically Corporate, especially the engineers etc are working Monday to Friday so they wouldn't be at the office on a Sunday anyway. And it's highly unlikely that Apple is going to call a Code Red and demand everyone come on a Sunday, that also happens to be a holiday, for an issue with a product that is legally obsolete etc. Particularly when the cut of owners is likely very by small at this point. It will wait until tomorrow.
  23. macrumors member


    Apr 5, 2009
    a State
    Chill peeps. If it would have been on purpose they would have told us. Since they didn't, it's not. Easy as that. It'll be working again soon and you'll look like the alarmist you are.
  24. macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2010
    Mysteriously followed by the "Too old anyway, you guys should upgrade." brigade :p

    It's really not that Farfetch'd to say Apple might cause some hiccups to get people to buy newer products. Frankly it seems like a good, albeit completely unethical, way to get customers to stop messing around with their several year old products without completely screwing them over.
  25. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    Yep, right on cue...

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