Storage?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mkaiser1, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

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    Hello all,

    This is only my second post (no-one replied to my first :() so please be nice to me :)

    I'm struggling to get my head around why the Apple TV needs storage. I know that 40 gb is not an awful lot nowadays, but if it will push everything I download to my iMac why does it need storage at all? I understand that it can be used as a stand alone device, but realistically most people will also have a PC/Mac which they will use as the source for all of their videos, photos and music.

    I really want to buy one of these, just a little peeved they don't do a cheaper 5gb/10 gb version.
     
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    tersono

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    Reducing the disk size would not necessarily reduce retail price as the cost of a 40gb drive at manufacturer level these days is incredibly low.

    The thing to bear in mind is that the ATV is designed to download music and video without use of a computer - this wouldn't be practical with a very small drive.

    Personally, I wish they'd produce an ATV with 500Gb or 1Tb - would be very useful as primary storage for my music library.
     
  3. macrumors Nehalem

    GoCubsGo

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    You are correct but also know rentals can only be stored on your aTV. With that I now decided it had to be the larger drive. I may never rent, but I also said I'd never buy a Mac. :)
     
  4. thread starter macrumors member

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    Interesting point...and thanks for the reply.

    It also begs the following Q though:

    Why should a buy an :apple:TV as opposed to a mini mac with a bluetooth mouse? Surely, I could use the mouse from my sofa to access the web (including YouTube) and download music and films from iTunes?
     
  5. macrumors 68000

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    Because you won't get the shiny new interface, and while the method you mentioned may work for you, it isn't a simple solution for those who want an easy-to-use box.

    Before this announcement, I saw the 40GB hard drive as a waste of a drive as I streamed everything to it via my iMac. However, with the rentals and iTunes Store coming in this update, it finally has a use.
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    HD rentals aren't available for Macs, only the :apple:TV. I always thought a Mini would be a lot better as a media centre/file server but as it lacks this functionality now, the :apple:TV is looking much better.
     
  7. macrumors member

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    Can you use it as a primary music library and then stream it to your pc?
     
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    Yeah 40gb is plenty big for a rental or two, all I'd be doing, then you would watch it and delete
     

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