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Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by robrose20, Nov 28, 2007.
Can you attach a USB hard drive to the USB port to add extra storage to Apple TV? Thanks.
In a word... nope
We wish! You can hack it but it involves the terminal and hassle.
Terminal yes, hassle. not so much.
Then what is the point of the USB port?
Why to let us speculate about all the cool stuff Apple could offer the in future via a software update of course Like connecting a (video) iPod to it, or even just a keyboard to make searching YouTube easier.
I think it was meant for connecting an iPod dock to, but somewhere along the line someone either nixed that idea or it simply hasn't been rolled out yet.
Perhaps the delays in Leopard and launch of the iPhone sucked a lot of OS resources from non-critical products like the AppleTV.
I'd like to see a lot of general updates to AppleTV (seeing my own videos on YouTube, searching by categories/tags/subscriptions), but that and $.50 will get you a can of soda, and that's about it.
According to Apple it is for diagnostics only, see;
There are several "hacks" to do bits and pieces by activating the USB port (default locked via firmware) , though I don't think yet you anyone has been able to extend storage capacity. (Given the likely illegality of the hacks youll need to look else-where if you wish to try.)