Apple TV or Airport Express?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by dont24, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. dont24 macrumors regular

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    So I had an older airport express w/ itunes. Couldn't update it to the latest 6.3 firmware, so I sold it as is. I need to stream music to my stereo again. I see the latest ones are $99. But I'm think about spending an additional $50 and get a refurb'd 40GB Appletv. Will do what I need and much more. Thoughts?
     
  2. Jasonmis macrumors newbie

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    If you don't need the Express to act as a wds (repeater for your wireless network) then Apple TV no brainer. Especially using an iphone or a Touch as a remote. Also your Mac won't need to be powered on to listen, although you will need to have your tv on. One more bonus is internet radio was added to apple tv so, the advantages of using an Express vs Appletv have narrowed or been eliminated entirely. Plus you have opened up the possibility of downloading movies and tv shows from your couch.
     
  3. dont24 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Forgot to mention. No need for it to act as a WDS. Used my old one for music streaming only. I'm thinking the same. No brainer. Grab an Apple TV.
     
  4. skye12 macrumors 65816

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    To me its hard not to just go for a Mini and think of it as getting
    a $200 or so discount (cost of Apple TV).
     
  5. Diode macrumors 68020

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    Yea with ease of encoding blu-rays to a AppleTV format its a bargain IMO. I've had mine since they first came out and still love it.
     
  6. dont24 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I decided to give MediaLink a try on my PS3. Liked it so much I dropped the $20 for it. No need for an AppleTV now. May revisit it when/if they upgrade the hardware.
     
  7. Koyangie macrumors newbie

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    AppleTV or Mini?

    Old Saint Nick is shopping for a video server, mostly for movies from my ITunes Library to be played through my home theater system. AppleTV looks great but am concerned with storage limitations, however a mini would offer more flexibility. My goal would be to rip my DVD library; 500 plus, and have it available via the server (AppleTV/Mini). I suppose I could network my MacPro and AppleTV and run everything from iTunes? Suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    Koyangie
     
  8. paduck macrumors 6502

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    You have to run everything through iTunes. That is what AppleTV is based off of - iTunes running on a home computer. So yes, networking the MacPro and using it as the primary storage hub is the right solution. The AppleTV can hold 40GB or 160GB (depending on the model you buy). You could upgrade the drive yourself to 250GB or 320GB if you like. However, you could just load onto the AppleTV the videos you will need when you need them.
     
  9. Koyangie macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Paduck. ATV up and running and networking through my MacPro. Is there a file size limitation for ATV. Looks like some movies don 't synch although they run fine on the MacProt ? Great piece of gear and we having fun with it. :)
     
  10. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    Or just stream everything from your Pro and not worry about the internal drive at all.

    I don't sync any content to my AppleTV.
     
  11. Koyangie macrumors newbie

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    ATV streaming

    Mstrze Thanks for the info. Is this accomplished with a patch? ATV has only two options and they both write to the ATV HD.
     
  12. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    No patch.

    Go to your AppleTV in iTunes and click off automatic syncing. This will write nothing to your ATV drive....well I'm sure it writes something, but no media files are copied over with this clicked-off.

    EDIT: You need to do this within every category: movies, music, podcasts...etc., then click Sync on the bottom right hand corner to essentially save the changes.
     
  13. dont24 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Can't wait any longer. I need itunes to my main system in the house. Xbox 360 with connect360 is okay. Don't like the interface. I can get a 160GB ATV for $211 after my EPP discount.
     

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