Old iBook G4 or Windows PC as iTunes server

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by bpmarkowitz, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I am getting tired of always having to have my MacBook Pro running to stream stuff to my 2010 AppleTV.

    I have an old G4 iBook laying around and at my parents they have numerous old PCs in their basement. I would like to set either setup one of the old G4 iBooks or one of these old PCs as a fileserver just for movies and music so when I am traveling the wife and kid can still have movies.

    Can a G4 iBook run whatever version of OS X and iTunes I need to stream to the ATV? Even if it can now, does not seem like the best future proof solution. Also, an iBook won't run with closed, I'd have to leave it open.

    What is the absolute most bare minimum Windows PC I could get the necessary version iTunes running on? That seems like the best solution, I just need it for streaming. I could use something semi-small form factor and just remote to it when i needed to do something.
     
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    Hellhammer

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    iTunes 10 system requirements:

    http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

    What kind of PCs do they have? Remember that a desktop will draw a lot more power than an iBook does. You can use Caffeine to prevent it from entering sleep mode
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I saw those stats but so many of them relate to the playback of HD video, etc. I was thinking they might be lower just streaming.

    I forgot about that Caffeine app, thats promising. That might be a better solution...plus its so much smaller, and well...not a PC...

    Still, wonder how much longer 10.5 is going to be the minimum requirement. That the last version that is going to support PPC so if they move the minimum iTunes req up to 10.6 anytime soon, I'm screwed. (obviously its going to happen at some point, i mean in like a year or so though)
     
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    Hellhammer

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    Well, a Mac with at least PPC G4 CPU and 512MB of RAM running OS X 10.5 or newer. Those seem to be the minimum requirements to even run iTunes, can't really talk about streaming.

    Well, Tiger support was dropped along with the release of iTunes 10 (i.e. iTunes 9 still supported Tiger) so I can't see 10.5 being dropped anytime soon as that would mean all PPC Macs are stuck with outdated iTunes.

    You can still, however, keep using iTunes, even though it wasn't the latest version.
     

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