Syncing. Why necessary?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by severe, Feb 4, 2008.

  1. severe macrumors 6502a

    May 23, 2007
    I'm a new owner and like what I'm seeing so far with Apple TV. As I've mentioned in another thread, my favorite use so far is streaming online content that I've converted to an iTunes format.

    However, I don't understand what advantage (other than taking one's ATV to another location) dumping movies, etc, has on one's viewing and/or storage habits. Am I correct in thinking that once I sync up some selected movies to my ATV I can't remove them from my iTunes library? I was hoping to use the ATV's HD for 'storage' of movie files and trashing the ones from my other drive(s).

    Streaming content has been fantastic so far, using my G network. So much so that I don't see the advantage (other than what I was hoping) of having data on ATV's actual drive.

    Does someone care to set me straight? How are you guys handling your files?
  2. Avatar74 macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2007
    It's an option for use during less than optimal network conditions. I wouldn't say it's an advantage so much as it's a Plan B there when you need it. But some people do prefer it as Plan A and streaming as Plan B. Either way, good design.
  3. Alfie macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2004
    South Dakota
    In my situation, I feel that syncing actually simplifies using the device. I have movies, music and pictures synced to my ATV basically for my kids to use. My wife can start a movie for the kids at any time without wondering:

    1. Is the computer on?
    2. Is iTunes open?
    3. Is the wireless network working?

    For geeks like me, these questions are no-brainers, but for the more technologically-challenged out there, they don't want to think about that stuff. They just want to press "Play" and have the movie start.
  4. severe thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 23, 2007
    Thanks for the responses.

    So.. it seems to be just a matter of preference. Ok. Works for me.

    Alfie... I can surely see how syncing the the ATV's HD would be beneficial to you. I would do the same in your situation, which is probably fairly common.

    Thanks again.
  5. severe thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 23, 2007
  6. Jestered macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    I know for me, since I have a MBP, I need music, some video and pictures on the AppleTV.

    This way, if I am away with my MBP, my wife can still listen to music, look at pics or watch a movie/tv show.

    For some, their setup would benefit from syncing and others won't. It is nice to be able to use it for your own needs.

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