looking to have mac mini based setup.........

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by sleepydinosaur, Oct 31, 2009.

  1. sleepydinosaur Suspended


    Oct 31, 2009
    but i have some questions

    what we want to do is get a new mac mini (late 2009) and run plex. i have read that plex can grab media from the itunes library and want to use that feature when we add an apple tv or 2 for the kids rooms.....basically set it up so we can stream movies upstairs.

    i will add some external usb drives to the mini for now for storage ( and suggestions for reliable quiet externals are very welcome)

    but i have a few questions that i am not sure how i would work around..

    1. i like to rent and buy dvd's and blue-ray and rip them to mkv...i know plex can do mkv but itunes cannot....since i want movies to be apple tv capatible...how should i handle this?

    2. the gf and i....well our musical tastes overlap but are generally different...should we just keep our tunes on our own machines and not the mini?

    3. how many apple tv's can simultaneously pull from a single itunes library at once?

    4. How would apple's "home sharing" feature in itunes help me with the setup i want to make?

    thanks all!

  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    This is a very hot topic, one that has answered all of your questions before. Here is some reading on this site alone. I can probably link you to at least 100 well written and well informed websites as well but I think Google works for everyone.


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