With streaming, does your Mac never sleep?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jersey10, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. jersey10 macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2004
    Most people on here seem happy with the fact that they now don't have to sync anything but can just stream all their content from their computer to the Apple TV.

    Considering that it would really reduce the convenience factor if you had to go wake up your computer (which is usually in another room) and open iTunes each time you want to use Apple TV, I assume that everyone is just leaving their computer on and iTunes open all the time. Is this correct? If so, isn't it bad for your computer for it to never go into sleep mode?
  2. bacaramac macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    I have my Mac Mini to never sleep, just turn the display off after 10 minutes. Figured I have the 3 year warranty, don't really care if it is bad for the Mac.
  3. darkpixie08 macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2006
    I have my mini set to automatically shut off every night at 1am and turn back on at 7am, and to automatically run Itunes at startup. I also have the display set to sleep after 10 minutes.
  4. jersey10 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2004
    I think I may try something similar. How do you set it up to automatically open iTunes at startup?
  5. darkpixie08 macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2006
    Go to system preferences, then accounts, then on your account click on the tab for login items. Then just add whatever app you want to startup.
  6. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    I leave mine on 24/7. Its not good for moving parts such as Hard drives and not very energy efficient, but I guess this is why I have backups and a RAIDed setup.
  7. batistuta macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    This is exactly my main problem with the Apple TV - having to run a Mac (and iTunes) all the time is a) Expensive as it uses an excessive amount of electricity just for this and b) not very convenient (say you want to bring your laptop...no one else can listen to music).
    Why can't I just stream from a Time Capsule?? - which also has more capacity than most other Apple products, unless you pay Apple's ridiculous prices for larger harddrives.
    Or give me an Apple TV with lots more capacity (not hacked and using an external drive). But I would prefer the streaming from a Time Capsule or AirDisk - ideally to an ATV with no harddrive which would just store rented movies (whenever they come to Europe at reasonable prices...) on that streaming drive as well.
    Or open up the ATV to be used with my Synology NAS :)

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