Upgrading the HD in AppleTV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by markfc, Mar 16, 2007.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    okay so it hasn't arrived yet, but what are the chances of being able to upgrade the Harddrive in the apple TV?

    I was kinda hoping to be able to sync all my iTunes library over so I can access to all my music from the TV.

    Will the OS be held on the HD, if so how much space are we likely to lose?

    If the OS is held in flash, I imagine upgrading the hardrviewill be a lot easier!

    any thoughts?
     
  2. macrumors 68000

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    Why not just stream the music from your Mac? Seems silly to have you music in 2 places.
     
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    wwooden

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    Because there are a lot of people who don't leave there computer on constantly. I personally put my computer to sleep anytime I leave my office and head to my living room, I don't see a need to waste electricity when I am not using it. If I was to get an AppleTV I would want to transfer over most of my iTunes library.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    exactly, why leave my iMac on when I just want to lie on the couch and chill!
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Does it? Right now I have all my music on my iMac and also on my iPod, is that silly?

    Why not have it all on the AppleTV too?
     
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    kavika411

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    While I don't know the answer to the OP's question, I share that concern. I am looking forward to the Apple TV more than most people, but the idea of future upgrades of Apple TV bothers me more than iPod and Mac upgrades. In other words, I don't mind buying an iPod or a Mac to find that they immediately upgrade it. The Apple TV, however, has a finite number of functions/capabilities, and a single upgrade, perhaps even that very first upgrade, may make the first generation Apple TV antiquated (sp?).

    Regarding the 40gig hard drive, I do think it is an odd amount of hard drive space. I'd just assume it have only enough hard drive space to run the OS and it be a streaming machine. If Apple TV is indeed going to have space to 'move' your content in advance of viewing/listening, it needs a whole lot more than 40gigs.
     
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    ftaok

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    My 2 cents.

    The hard drive is intended to store a few videos and movies. While I'm sure that you could sync a few music playlists on the hard drive, it's main purpose is to house a few movies on it to reduce the amount of bandwidth required to stream videos. Steve Jobs basically said this at the Keynote.

    Imagine, if you would, trying to stream an iTMS movie while someone else is on the network downloading a few torrents (or something). How much tolerance would you have if the movie you're trying to watch skips and glitches out. Probably zero tolerance.

    So you sync the :apple:TV to store a specific files in a "smart playlist" sort of way. Let's say that you want it to store locally the last 4 episodes of Heroes, any unwatched Jerrytime podcasts, and the last 10 movies that you've bought and haven't watched. So when you're ready to watch, it's all there waiting. Don't have to worry that someone else is tieing up the network bandwidth with a huge file transfer.

    Music is different. Streaming music uses much less network bandwidth than movies and videos. You may be able to sync your music to the :apple:tv, but I suspect that it wouldn't be quite as useful.

    As for not having your library available if the host Mac is off, well, that's a problem. However, I would expect that Apple would have thought about this and has a feature to wake a sleeping Mac/PC if the :apple:tv needs to access content. I guess a small XML file on the :apple:tv would be stored (and sync'd in the background) that kept track of which host Mac/PC had a particular file.

    ft
     
  8. macrumors 68000

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    No that is not silly becuase the iPod is portable. The :apple: TV isn't
     
  9. macrumors 68000

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    If you were streaming from the Mac to the :apple: TV you would be using the Mac and therefore not wasting electricity.
     

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