Apple TV & Sync issue?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jmdeegan, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. jmdeegan macrumors member

    Aug 17, 2007
    I searched and didn't see this listed hopefully i didn't miss it.

    i have 2 itunes libraries. One off of my mac mini which serves as my main library. i have another off of my macbook pro, which is mostly my content versus family content. helps when i travel.

    apple tv is updated to 3.0
    itunes on my macbook pro is 9.0.2
    itunes on the mini is still 9.0.1

    here's my problem/quirk.

    from my mini, i can see things fine-i could select video content to sync to the apple tv.
    from the macbook pro, when looking at the apple tv, all i see as tabs are summary and photos.

    i'd expect it to be the opposite almost--that the mini on the older itunes would exhibit issues. i rebooted the mac and the apple tv, thinking maybe things were just hung up, but even after that, the mini and older itunes shows things fine, but not so via the macbook pro

    is this a quirk? or is this because the one library is still off of itunes 9.01 instead of the .2 release?

    i can check myself, however i cannot do any work on the server mini till i figured id pose the question in the interim.
  2. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    I had problems with Apple TV 3.0 when I upgraded because I didn't realize there was a new iTunes update. Should fix the issues.
  3. jmdeegan thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 17, 2007

    sorry if it wasn't more clear than i already stated, but this is the issue. the computer which has the latest itunes CANNOT display the video/tv/movies/music tabs. Only my mac mini can show that, and it is still on 9.0.1. Unless there's some weird interaction going on....I can't update the macbook pro version any more, and thats the one with the issue.
  4. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    That's strange. You may need to reinstall iTunes.
  5. bkortman macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2009
    RE: Apple TV and Sync Issue

    What you are seeing is perfectly normal. The Apple TV can only have one primary iTunes library for syncing movies and local music and photos. It can share from additional iTunes libraries from other macs on your network and stream from them, but only the first iTunes library that you attach to the ATV will be able to sync movies directly to the ATV.

    If you want the MacBook to be the primary, you would need to disconnect your ATV from both the Mac Mini and the MacBook and then add the MacBook first as your primary iTunes Libary. The only thing you can control from additionally shared libarys is which photo albums are sharable.

    You will not be able to copy (sync) movies from the secondary libraries to the ATV, only stream them. If you think about it long enough, this only makes sense that it cannot keep track of syncing with more than one Mac. The same is true of iPods, you need a primary machine to be the source for syncing.
  6. jmdeegan thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 17, 2007

    im smacking myself now. as you said it, it made perfect sense. i had only been streaming content from the macbook, which is fine. dunno why i thought i'd synched from that one before. chalk that one up to too little sleep, distracted by a good world series game...doh!


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