Quick iTunes question

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Phil22, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Phil22 macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2009
    When you stream content from your computer to the apple tv which device is doing the horsework? The computer running iTunes or the apple tv?

  2. LaWally, Jul 19, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2012

    LaWally macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2012
    Just ran a little test. Played a movie from my iMac through the ATV.

    iTunes CPU usage went from 3.3% to 5.5%, which is insignificant. There was no other significant change in overall CPU usage that I noticed. Network traffic jumped to a fairly constant 3.5MB/sec.

    I have no way to know what the ATV is doing, but it's performance characteristics are probably similar ... mostly receiving data and some small CPU % to play.

    Maybe someone with a JB'n ATV has a way to see what's going on in the ATV?

    EDIT: Playing the movie on my iMac resulted in about a 15% increase in overall CPU usage.
  3. Phil22 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2009
    Nice test LaWally, many thanks. I guess that shows it's the apple tv which is doing the brunt of the work. I encode blu rays using the high quality profile in handbrake, some of the resulting files can be quite large in size and I would imagine quite taxing, but the little black box shows no sign of let up!

  4. HipHopTrex macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2012
    To be honest, I don't think you can create an iTunes account without having either a prepaid card of some sort/ a credit card. Perhaps one of the other people on this board would have a better answer.
  5. Jim.R macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2012
    It can be done from an iOS device (but not from the Mac/Windoes iTunes app)
    In the iOS App Store app, make sure you're not signed in, then try and buy a free app from the US store.
    This will prompt you to either log in or create a free account.
    Choose create account and fill in your details.
    When it asks for payment details, the option "None" should be there. Choose this.
    Add any other details needed to finish creating you account and you're done.
    You should then be able to top up your account using gift cards.

    This was working last week as I did it to download a free film that was, for some reason, US only :(
  6. ohio.emt macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2008
    The iMac will only see an increase once until movie has transferred to the apple tv.

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