Can AppleTV play music from MBP library without iTunes open on the MBP?

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  1. tarsierspectral macrumors regular

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    This is what I am trying to do. I have a huge iTunes library which resides on my MBP. The music itself is on the external drive connected to my mac mini which is in the closet. I can play the music from my MBP fine, send the music to external speakers etc. That's fine but, while I am listening to the music I would like to open my temporary iTunes library which I use to edit tags for the new songs before I put it in my main library. The problem is that I can't open 2 libraries at the same time. Can I use AppleTV to stream music from one library from my iTunes without that library being open on my MBP? Right now what I am able to do but it takes like 10 min every time I want to make this work. I am able to open the iTunes library over the network on my other MBP but it's just to cumbersome. I have to connect to the computer which has the library then open that library in my Itunes and that takes about 5min because the library is HUGE and then after that another minute to connect to the external speakers. Could AppleTV solve this?
     
  2. chenks macrumors 6502a

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    no
     
  3. tarsierspectral thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks, can AppleTV store the iTunes library?
     
  4. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    Which model?
    the silver one?
    or the black one?
     
  5. chenks macrumors 6502a

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    the current appletv - no, streaming only.
    the old appletv - yes
     
  6. szolr macrumors 6502

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    That's right. The :apple:TV2 has 4GB of internal memory (is that right?) which you can't control/manipulate. It accepts streaming content from you iTunes library (notice how when you start a film there's a white bar that advances along the bottom ahead of the blue playhead). And when you stream the next film it'll wipe off the old one and accept the newer content.

    I don't really understand the full technicalities but someone described it like that to me. :p
     
  7. tarsierspectral thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't have one yet.

    OK, so let's say I move my iTunes library to Mac mini in a closet and always keep it open. I will be able to to access that library on AppleTV right? Do I have to have AppleTV hooked up to a TV/Screen? Can I just have the AppleTV show up on an iPad for example? I just want to have a portable player that I can take to any room in the house and play music whenever I feel like without physically walking to a screen AppleTV is hooked up to.

    thanks
     
  8. chenks macrumors 6502a

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    yes that's what i do

    you'll need a TV screen to be able to configure it, and for updating the software etc.

    you can control it using the remote app on iphone/ipad though, so technically no TV required once configured.
     
  9. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    Thats right, but it has 8gb of memory not 4
    no, you could just attach the mini to the tv using the built in HDMI port
     
  10. tarsierspectral thread starter macrumors regular

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    great, can I play my playlists? Can I search songs?

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    The other guy just said yes, you said no. Hmmm....
    What would be the benefit of connecting it to the mini? Mini has no screen attached to it and it is in a closet
     
  11. szolr macrumors 6502

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    Oh :eek: Right; forgot that bit.:eek:
     
  12. chenks macrumors 6502a

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    you have full access to your itunes library.
     
  13. tarsierspectral thread starter macrumors regular

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    is it the same interface as Front Row?
     
  14. chenks macrumors 6502a

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    is what the same interface as front row ?

    if you already have an iphone/ipad then download the remote app and you'll see what it's like
     
  15. tarsierspectral thread starter macrumors regular

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    but I don't have appleTV yet
     
  16. chenks macrumors 6502a

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    remote app also allows you to control your existing itunes library
     
  17. tarsierspectral thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hmm, so maybe I don't need appleTV?????
     
  18. chenks macrumors 6502a

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    maybe you don't, depends how you want to play your content and how mobile you want it to be.
     
  19. obsidian1200 macrumors 6502

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    I don't think he meant connecting the ATV2 to the Mac Mini via HDMI. He more than likely meant that, if you do buy a mini, you might as well skip the ATV2, since the mini can do much more than the ATV2 can without a jailbreak. Sure, you can still buy an ATV2 in addition to the mini, but why spend the extra $100?
     
  20. tarsierspectral thread starter macrumors regular

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    I already have a mac mini. So if I get the remote app I should be all set?
     
  21. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    yep.
    What mac mini do you have?you may need an adapter.
     

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