New Apple TV + Old Apple TV working simultaneously with same iTunes library?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by 314631, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. 314631 macrumors 6502a

    May 12, 2009
    iDeaded myself
    Is it possible for the new Apple TV to work with an existing iTunes install syncing with the last generation Apple TV? I ask because iTunes on my iMac refuses to show up on the new Apple TV. It is able to see my MacBook Pro library just fine on the same network, but that laptop has never been synced with the last generation Apple TV. The iMac continues to work just fine with the old Apple TV, syncing new content.

    Here are some of the things I have tried to make this work:

    - Rebooted all computers/routers/network equipment.
    - I have tried wiping the router and reconnecting devices from scratch.
    - No firewall is setup on the iMac. The MacBook Pro can see the iMac iTunes library just fine on the same network.
    - Both Apple TVs have their own unique local IP address.
    - I have tested a different router with all devices connected.
    - I have attempted to connect the new Apple TV to iMac iTunes by turning the old one off downstairs. No difference. The iMac still refuses to appear on Computers menu.

    Is there some compatibility issue here that prevents an existing iTunes library currently syncing to last generation Apple, from working with the new Apple TV when you connect it to the network?

    I have googled all afternoon for solutions but I'm not having much luck. Usually you find at least some others experiencing a problem if it's a common issue. So the fact nobody else is blogging or posting about this on forums (as far as I can tell) concerns me this is a weird glitch related to my own setup.

    Any ideas?
  2. ChargerSteve macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2008
    EDH, California
    I don't know if it will help you, but I can confirm that an ATV1 and ATV2 both can work accessing the same iTunes library. I have both accessing my library on an iMac. In my case, the ATV1 both sychs and streams. All three componenents (both ATVs and the iMac) are connected via wired ethernet.

    I haven't had any issues other than my ATV2 doesn't always restore the connection to iTunes after waking from sleep.
  3. EvilC5 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2010
    Hanover MD
    version of Itunes? and do you have home sharing turned on within it?

    but yes, if everything is set up correct, it will work.
  4. crotalus99 macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2007
    I have 3 aTV ver 1 and 1 aTV ver 2; all sync fine.

    You do need iTunes 10.?? though for the aTV 2 to work.
  5. Omne666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    Maybe being a bit anal here, but the atv2 does not sync. Cannot sync. Will always stream.

    And I hate the way I cannot see the atv2 in iTunes like I do the atv1s.
  6. jigizen macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2008
    the new atv does not have a hard drive to sync. it will only stream
  7. edgarbc1 macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2010
    have you been able to test, if you turn off your computer, will ATV2
    stream from an ATV1 without any assistance of a Mac computer?

    just wondering, im in the market to buy a ATV2 or buy a clearance ATV1.
  8. KeithJenner macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2010
    No, it won't.
  9. mrj412 macrumors regular

    May 27, 2009
    Have you enabled Home Sharing in your iTunes on the iMac? That is required for the new Apple TV.

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