Is ATV 1 worth $65 ?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by takiv, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2013
    Moonville, SC
    My buddy got a new ATV 3 for Christmas, he offered me his original ATV1 for $65. Is it worth it ? The reason I thought to get it is I dont have a HDTV, so the current Gen does nothing for me. I realize I wont be able to do airplay mirroring, Would I be able to stream Itunes audio ? That would be useful to me, as my whole house audio setup is right next to my tv.

    I'm kinda new to mac's and apple tv.
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2006
    You'd be able to resell that for a few hundred dollars - they are still quite valuable - check eBay's current prices for an idea on its value
  3. macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2011
    Southern California
    I have an ATV1 and use it daily. While you can't airplay, you can jailbreak it and plug in an external HD and play movies that way. It can stream videos and music and with iTunes homesharing turned on. Plus, the ATV1 has its own HD so you can load media content on it directly. I think $65 is a great deal.
  4. macrumors member

    Aug 30, 2011
    You actually can airplay to the apple tv 1 if you jailbreak it. Id pay $60 for it. Then buy a broadcom 15 HD card for $40 and install it in conjunction with crystalbuntu. This will put XBMC on the apple tv, allow airplay - not mirroring, and also give you 1080p with enough horsepower to run some decent blu ray rips. also play any format video file you want. You can install crystalbuntu to a USB drive so you can maintain the original apple OS as well, but id install it directly to the HD as its faster and more reliable.
  5. macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    Yes its worth $65 all day and twice on sundays. Buy it, if you don't like it resell it for easily twice that much.
  6. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Totally. I'd jump on it for that price in a heartbeat.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    I still have my 1st gen. :D
    Though I do have a 2nd & 3rd.
  8. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2013
    Moonville, SC

    Thank y'all for your input. Just picked it up, guess I'll have to read up on all this now : )
  9. macrumors 65816

    Southern Dad

    May 23, 2010
    I love that you got your answer on the forum threads. Another place to pick up older Apple TVs is pawn shops. You would be shocked at how little some of them know about what they have.

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