Early 2009 Mac mini any good for iTunes and browsing?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Eheim, Oct 3, 2014.

  1. Eheim macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2014

    My windows laptop is failing as I write and i have the chance to get an early 2009 mini Mac (2GBram,120GB hard drive). Would this mac be sufficient to run itunes, bbc iplayer and browse the internet?

    I can get the Mac for £230 uk pounds and wondered if this mini would be better than a cheap laptop. Budget is limited currently.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

  2. Drich290195 macrumors 6502


    Apr 2, 2011
    I have a early 2006 with similar spec and it's more than good enough. I would question price though
  3. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    I have a couple of late 2009 base minis and they are fine for this and more. An early 2009 mini is about 10% slower -- not perceptibly slower. You probably should add RAM to bring it up to 4GB as 2GB is really tight. If it has the original Leopard OS you will want to update it.
  4. now i see it macrumors 68020

    Jan 2, 2002
    But not past Snow Leapard... IMO
  5. Eheim thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2014
    The mini is coming with Mavericks apparently, will that slow the unit?
  6. OLDCODGER macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2011
    Lucky Country
    With 4GB ram, and Snow Leopard, that Mini would be more than fine for your needs - Mavericks will choke it.

    I also question the price, though.
  7. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    Yep, you won't be happy with Mavericks and only 2GB of memory.
  8. mcnallym macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2008
    I have an early 2009 mini and it is fine for what you want.

    I have mine on 24/7 running iTunes, Elgato TV system.

    It is running 10.8.5 perfectly fine, however has been upgraded to 8Gb RAM and SSD. SSD is 60Gb as all the iTunes/Elgato library is on external DroboPro.

    Price seems a little high though.
  9. Mcdevidr macrumors 6502a

    Nov 27, 2013
    I have Yosemite beta on my early 2009 and it runs great. I upgraded to 4gb ram and a crucial mx100 SSD. It runs really smoothly hooked up to my TV. It surfs the web great and I played a couple movies on it last night 720p and it was pretty smooth.
  10. Eheim thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2014
    Will snow leopard leave the Mac vunerable? I have heard that Apple no longer provide support for anything older than Mavericks.. If I'm browsing And purchasing online is that safe anymore?
  11. Dr.Watson macrumors newbie


    Oct 4, 2014
    I have 2...

    I have 2 early 2009 MM's and both with maxed out RAM (8). I also have replaced hd's with SSD 120G and SSD 500g respectivly.
    Both have Mavericks latest and are perfect for what I need.

    One of them resides in the lounge near TV with a 4TB NAS drive connected with my entire music collection on it (smaller SSD 120 installed).
    I use iTunes to play the music etc as it's the simplest method as I don't have time to pfaff about with alternatives which may be better but iTunes does what I need.

    The beauty is that none of my music is loaded onto the Mac just the symbolic link/pathway to the external drive as others on this forum have (drobo etc).
    It works a treat and is very snappy with no lag.
    My other MM contains all my sensitive information and is kept in a safe place and used when banking etc etc.

    What I can say is that last week I replaced the small batteries in both MM's as they only have a life of 5 years max and should be changed.
    I used Varta CR2032. (I also took the opportunity to vacuum the interior which was quite dusty. Also used pressurised air can.)
    I tested the old ones to see how much power was left in them with an all singing and dancing voltmeter, and it showed that there was 3% in one and 5.2% the other. New cells showed 99.2% in each.
    Suggest you do the same.
    Just to add that Mavericks does work a treat and know that Yosemite will work as I have it on a separate partition.
  12. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    That's the risk. And they are still providing support for Mountain Lion and I believe Lion as well.
  13. Acronyc macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    I have an early 2009 mini that's been running as a media server almost constantly for three years. I upgraded it to 6GB or RAM and an SSD (media is stored in external drives), and it is running Mavericks without any issue. It should serve you well for your intended use without any problems, and a RAM/SSD upgrade will make it even better. As others mentioned, I would definitely add more RAM if you plan on using Mavericks.
  14. Tough Guy macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2014
    At that price, I'd say save up a bit and buy a refurbished model directly from Apple.
  15. aquajet macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    Yes. There are many unpatched vulnerabilities that will never get fixed because Snow Leopard is no longer supported by Apple. You should run Mountain Lion or later.
  16. Delmar macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2012
    My early 2009 Mini has been upgraded to 8GB ram & is running Mavericks. It's connected to a AVR that then goes to a LED TV. It's our iTunes server, runs XBMC for all our movies, I back up my MBA to it & surf the web. It does everything I need it to very well.

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