ATV2 Screen Saver. Animals and Flowers? WTF?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Dunkrag, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. Dunkrag macrumors regular


    Nov 9, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    Where the hell has the option for cover art screen saver gone on the new ATV? I don't really want to be looking at pictures of cats or daffodils while I'm listening to the latest Metallica album!

    Anyone know if you can enable this feature? Am I looking in the wrong place?

    Seems like another pointless crippling of the poor device.
  2. BlackMangoTree macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2010
    Turn the screensaver off during music playback
  3. zero hectic macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2008
    Yeah, I loved the Album Art Screensaver. Flowers and animals are not doing it for me. I hope this gets addressed in an update.
  4. EvilMatty macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2009
    Sorry to hijack thread, but can you tell me if the iPhoto screensaver is still available during music playback? This is my favourite feature of my now old aTV.
  5. tonyoevans macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2008
    Yeah you can still have your own photos as the screensaver but obviously your mac/pc has to be on so it can get access to them
  6. dhy8386 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2008
    Your options are animals, flowers, mobileme or flicker galleries. In addition, you can access photos for the screensaver from any computers home shared
  7. BlackMangoTree macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2010
    With the wake up for network feature your mac can be in sleep mode it will wake up when you use the Apple Tv then when finished it will go back to sleep.

    Most of us would have an orignal Apple TV it's pretty simple to get Leopard running on there and using that as a iTunes server.
  8. KD35 macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2010
    I dont think you have to have the mac/pc on... I think which ever iphoto library you pick for your screen saver, gets downloaded to the Apple TV.. As, this morning while I was setting up my Apple TV for my classroom, it started to play my iphoto screen saver before it was set up on my wi fi network.
  9. ugp macrumors 65816


    Jan 7, 2008
    Inverness, Florida
  10. DJinTX macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2010
    Hmmm, this seems strange. Based on all of the info I have read from Apple, I would be very surprised if they automatically transferred your iphoto library to the ATV. And, what if you have a 6 GB iPhoto library? Then you would basically be filling up your flash memory on the ATV which would likely severely impact it's ability to buffer audio and video.
  11. tripjammer macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2010
    It's streamed.
  12. KD35 macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2010
    I'm no tech expert, but My apple tv played my screen saver, and it had no way of connecting to my computer today.. As I forgot my Apple remote, so I could not set up the wifi network....

    Any other ideas as to how my screen saver was able to play, while it was not connected to my computer??
  13. dhy8386 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2008
    Ha. Your right. I just tested it because i was thinking you were crazy. It must copy the photos onto the flash. I suspect that if your library is too big it will copy until it fills up.

    Nice find.

    PS You can see this but turning off the computer you are streaming from and then go back into screensaver. The computer no longer shows up but no options are checked under screensaver because it is using whatever album/photos/event you had it store in memory. Back up one menu and you will still see it there.
  14. Tu13es macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2009
    Aside from turning off the screen saver, you could set it to Flickr and do a search for Metallica. :)
  15. newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    You don't even have to use iPhoto for pictures for the screensaver. You can use any folder on your computer. It's a nice touch that they cache the images onto the 8GB storage so they don't have to be streamed.
  16. DJinTX macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2010
    I have zero ideas on this. Very weird turn of events. It's cool I guess, but also a bit concerning because I don't want to max out the ATV flash memory with my photos when I would prefer that be used for movie/tv buffering (not to mention future app functionality). Maybe there is a protected amount of the flash memory that is reserved at all times for buffer. I hope so at least.
  17. diamornte macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2009
    I have a large photo library, and even with the 8 GB on the ATV, I see duplicate photos on the screensaver in a short period of time. 8 GB is not enough?
  18. KD35 macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2010
    It must just copy part of the library ??
  19. everindrummer macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2009
    i have a question on this topic too. Does anyone know of a way of just selecting all contacts in flickr as the screensaver? I want to randomise all my friends collections.

    I personally think apple have left the atv pretty bare on purpose until they unveil a huge update (app store-esq). Shame really, had i paid for mine i would have been disappointed with the product.
  20. Shoesy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2007
    Colchester, UK.
    smash and grab? :D
  21. FreeState macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    Why not use Flickr? you could upload all your artwork and use it as the screen saver... or better yet add this guy to your flickr section and use his 37,000+ Album covers...
  22. everindrummer macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2009
    Nope apple handed it over. Thy messed up so bad handling my Mbp repair/replacement that they have me an apple tv plus extended apple care for the mbp!
  23. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati

    That is a good idea, i would like to have my DVD collection as my screen saver. I can just create a flicker account and up load my covers there.
  24. lbeck macrumors 6502


    Dec 5, 2009
    I think this causes my issue. The screen saver will not play all of my photos I select, it only uses a random selection, very small. Its like it wont stream new photos, only photos that are on the flash memory.

    This needs to be fixed.
  25. Gene S macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2010
    I wish it would have a screen saver like iTunes Visualizer. :(

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