Apple TV: Sync or Stream?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by teemast, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. teemast macrumors newbie

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    I just purchased the larger gb Apple TV and am about to hook it up...but was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on whether it's best to sync it with iTunes or stream via iTunes? Frankly, I don't really see myself using :apple:tv to listen to the music from my library...but I would like to have access to the music videos and short movies that are there. Primarily, I see using the :apple:tv to rent movies via iTunes and watch them on my TV.

    One other question: If I purchase a music video (or song) via :apple:tv...does it end up in my iTunes library on my computer? And will it sync to my ipod the next time I do a sync of that device? Or does it simply go to the :apple:tv hard drive and reside there? If this is the case, is there any way to legitimately get it into my iTunes library so I can have it in the same place as everything else...and can sync to my ipod the next time I do that...

    Please advise.
     
  2. VideoFreek macrumors 6502

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    In your case, particularly since you have the 160gb :apple:TV, I'd sync. Streaming works very well too, but having your content on the :apple:TV hard drive means that your computer doesn't need to be on with iTunes running every time you want to watch something.

    Regarding purchases, yes--music, videos and TV shows you buy from the :apple:TV will sync back to your computer, and then of course will be available to sync to your iPod.
     
  3. teemast thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for this...it's most helpful & appreciated.

    Second -- or is it third? -- question:

    I have a macbook (Tiger) and a new iMac (Leopard), which I'm also about to hook up. I've been gradually transitioning everything to mac from PC...so it took a while to un-jumble all my Windows stuff and get it sorted onto the macbook to the point where I'm ready to power up the iMac and clone everything onto it. A while back, I reformatted my ipods for the macbook and tied them to it. Now that I've got the iMac...it sounds like I should make that the hub for everything...

    I know this is all a matter of personal preference really, but if there's any reason I shouldn't -- or perhaps a strong reason I should (given the iMac is Leopard, for instance), I'd be interested to hear feedback from anyone who happens into this forum.

    I'm not too anxious to upgrade the macbook to Leopard just because I want to hold on to some of the previous incarnations of iLife and iWork (i.e. iMovie, etc.) since I've heard so much bad stuff about the new iMovie ('08).

    Again, any feedback or suggestions are appreciated.
     
  4. davidjcraig macrumors newbie

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    Using two itunes accounts on aoole TV

    I have a UK and US itunes account so have two ID's and passwords in my library. Can I register both ID's with the same apple tv?

    Many thanks

    David
     
  5. cohibadad macrumors 6502a

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    the new iLife is better IMO. You can download the old iMovie to use for free with iLife 08 if you want. I agree with above also. If you have the HD space on your :apple:TV, no reason not to sync. I stream everything because I am changing my library alot and I don't want to clog my wireless bandwidth with it syncing all the time. If your library is large you might want to connect by ethernet for the first sync.
     
  6. imacericg macrumors regular

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    I have the 40GB. How can I make it "stream"? In the setup in iTunes, I get two options "Auto Sync" or "Manual Sync", how do I just get it to stream?

    I am guessing "Manual Sync", but any help would be appreciated
     
  7. mr_matalino macrumors 6502a

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    Set it up via ATV. Instead of linking your account, set it up to stream. If you have the two sync options, you will need to delete the ATV from iTunes and set it up again.
     
  8. imacericg macrumors regular

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    Thank you!!!!
     
  9. thunderclap macrumors 6502a

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    Ooo... good question. How does one set up an account for the UK store when one lives in the States?
     
  10. VideoFreek macrumors 6502

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    Two things: 1) upgrading to Leopard doesn't mean you can't run previous versions of iLife and iWork. 2) if you do choose to upgrade to iLife 08, bear in mind that while iMovie 08 does indeed get mixed reviews, owners are entitled to download a copy of iMovie 07 for free.
     

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