AppleTV Take 2 - Question about no need for a computer

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  1. broboore macrumors regular

    broboore

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    With the Take 2 software now out, can I keep all of my content on a external drive connected via NAS and open up my own ripped DVD's without a computer being on?

    Or do I still need to have a computer on somewhere in order for ATV to find any content?

    Does no need for a computer only mean for rentals?

    I did try to look for the answer for this and could not find anything. Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    Yeah, you'll still need a computer on with iTunes for the streaming.

    The No Computer, as you quite rightly stated is just for the rentals and such.
     
  3. broboore thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the quick reply.

    Hmmm. Sounds like ATV isn't quite what I'm looking for yet....

    Runs off to find the Mac Mini forum.............:)
     
  4. supercooled macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, how deceptively clever piece of marketing. What's the use of having an internet connection for the device if you can't even go out and grab the content itself?

    I was under the impression Take2 was sort of a full fledged update so you could venture into the wild on your own. Might as well hack the AppleTV and install OSX on it.
     
  5. Superman07 macrumors 6502a

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    What are these NAS boxes that claim iTunes 7 serve functionality then?
     
  6. BaldiMac macrumors 604

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    There wasn't any deception. The AppleTV can grab plenty of content if you don't have a computer.

    YouTube
    Flickr
    .Mac Web Galleries
    iTunes store purchases (music, movies, tv shows)
    podcasts
     
  7. supercooled macrumors 6502a

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    On its own? Why doesn't it have an iTunes engine on its own and grab files off a NAS? Having to run another computer to delegate files to it seems crippled.

    Don't misunderstand me; I like the AppleTV, but I just think it could be so much better. I like products that take the guess work out of building one myself and the aesthetics is unmatched but a basic function like this should have been included from day 1.
     
  8. Superman07 macrumors 6502a

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    If you're getting at the same thing as this thread I agree.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=433670

    I don't understand the requirement to have a host machine running iTunes in order to stream content vice a dedicated NAS box.

    Saying you can store your media on the network and use it on the ATV then, is really a misnomer. Yes, technically you can, but there is an extra step involved - running a dedicated client with iTunes.
     
  9. sJv macrumors regular

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    I believe these are running Firefly/mt-daapd, which is an open-source DAAP protocol server (DAAP is the iTunes protocol). I use this to stream music from my Simpleshare NAS to a Roku Soundbridge. mt-daapd currently doesn't stream anything but audio. AppleTV doesn't seem to consider it a real iTunes server, though, so it can't be used. :apple:TV only works with the real deal.

    -steve


     
  10. BaldiMac macrumors 604

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    The problem with your earlier comment is that you referred to "deceptively clever piece of marketing". Where was anything deceptive said?

    I can't imagine that the number of people that are running a NAS and are unwilling to leave one computer on is big enough to consider this a "basic function."

    I understand that this would be a useful function for someone with a huge library (> 160 Gigs), but I would think of it as a feature request rather than a "crippling" of functionality by Apple.

    "Why doesn't it have an iTunes engine on its own and grab files off a NAS?" Because the NAS is not advertising its content with a protocol supported by Apple.
     

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