Let me talk you out of it. I promise you that if you have to rely on someone talking you into it, you don't see the need and will hate it!So I'm thinking about getting one, but i want someone to talk me into getting one, pros/cons, etc and etc to do with getting one.
Dont be boring either, think as if u get some cash out of it
I haven't handled a DVD in months.
I have two kids who would lose them, leave cases and discs around the house for us to pick up and put back all the time.
Movies are always there, accessible from the sofa in the TV room.
Quality is good. My ripped DVD collection looks fine to my eyes, iTunes HD purchases look great (not Blu-Ray, but then I don't have to fiddle with discs and players now).
When I want to take a movie on a car or plane trip, I put it on my iphone or ipod for the kid(s).
When I want to watch something on the computer in the office, I do.
I'm happy to sit out this next iteration physical media and wait for it to catch up to me. I did that with CDs and was very happy with the decision.
Overall, it's been wonderful cutting the cord of physical media.
An extremely simplified answer: Plex is a Front Row replacement, that offers more functionality. Check out Http://www.plexapp.com for more info.I'm tempted by the Mini as it'll only be another 250 but please fogive my ignorance what's the 'Plex'?
Also is no HDMI a major drawback or is there a way around it?
Glad to hear it, it's a great product. It's not a full fledged media pc - and for me, that's great. I don't want a wireless keyboard and/or mouse cluttering up my living room. For some that's great, and that's mostly what you'll get with a mac mini/plex solution.I'm sold!
Ordering tomorrow but last thing, are any updates due???
I'm in the same boat as you... I really want one, already got almost all my movies ripped and converted to iTunes too. Everytime I get ready to pull the trigger though I think about how old the Apple TV hardware is, how the software is good, but not great, and how a MAJOR update seems inevitable.For them who say that if I need to be convenced I don't realt want/need it, maybe I am on the fence about getting one?
no problem. ^_^Thank you so much for starting this thread. And thank you for all those who have posted. I've been on the fence for a Mac Mini vs. Dell Zino for a media PC. I am realizing that neither option is exactly what I want for the application so why spend $500+. I'm thinking of just getting an Apple TV to tide me over until the right solution presents itself.
My kitchen TV is only a Sony Bravia 19" 720P, so this sounds like a good solution!
Seriously! My dad's unit could fry an egg. I would also not buy one until Apple develops a REAL remote that involves a power switch and more control options than an NES controller.I loved my Apple Tvs, notice the plural both of them died due to excessive heat. Until there is a revision to the hardware I would stay away.
Glad to hear it, it's a great product. It's not a full fledged media pc - and for me, that's great. I don't want a wireless keyboard and/or mouse cluttering up my living room. For some that's great, and that's mostly what you'll get with a mac mini/plex solution.
The full blown computer/tv combo is not for everyone - my wife would kill me if I tried to hook up a PC to the living room tv. She wants to turn the system on and start playing media with as few steps as possible in between...apple tv fits the bill for her - she uses it often.