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5.0 out of 5 stars More Apple wizardry, 26 Oct 2010
This review is from: Apple TV (launched September 2010) (Old model) (Electronics)
OK I'll admit it. I'm an Apple convert.

3 years ago I didn't even own an iPod, but after buying my first iPod Classic, I soon followed suit with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, switched from PC to iMac (a huge step for me after 20+ years knowing PCs inside and out), and now this little box of tricks.

Setting up the Apple TV was typically simple. Plug in, turn on, set-up your Apple ID and you're good to go. YouTube clips stream perfectly and the film 'store' is easily accessible and searchable.

I decided to dump Lovefilm after becoming frustrated with the fact that you can rarely choose which films you are sent for what is a fairly expensive service. With Apple TV I can spend less per month simply renting the films that I want to watch. The movie rental on Apple TV was excellent - fantastic sound/picture quality, and the convenience of having a link to trailers and reviews on-screen is great. However- a word of warning for anyone with poor broadband speed- I currently pull about 2MB and a normal-length film took about 7 hours to download (overnight, not during peak time).

Controlling the system with your iPhone using the Apple Remote app is an absolute pleasure and just so intuitive. The bundled remote control was soon placed in a drawer and forgotten. Plus - because it's controlled wirelessly (rather than IR), you can even change music/channels from another room and the Apple TV will respond instantly.

Setting up a direct link to stream content from my iMac was a breeze. All my saved photos/videos/tv shows/movies, as well as my music library are now available via the far superior speakers/visuals on my TV. Great for parties...select a playlist (or even use Genius) and you're good to go. It'll even play a screensaver of your latest photos as a backdrop to the music.

Just a couple of criticisms - my girlfriend and I have different music/photos stored on our respective iTunes/iPhoto libraries on the iMac. The Apple TV only lets you stream content from one account easily, without having to log-out/in from the settings menu. Also, no 1080p output?! This seems like a large oversight, or a poor excuse to release a 1080p updated version next year.
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Initial post: 12 Oct 2011 09:11:08 BDT
Hi
Do you have to import all your photos, music & films into iTunes or can ATV locate files on your iMac?
Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Oct 2011 14:02:11 BDT
M. Gilroy says:
Yes, you do have to have your music files all imported/running through iTunes. Aside from that, ATV will talk to iPhoto to get at your pics. If you've made anything in iMovie you can also access that directly through ATV (the files don't need to be in iTunes). If you have m4v format video files, they will need to be imported into iTunes before you can stream them via ATV.

Hope this helps!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Oct 2011 18:28:30 BDT
Great, thanks for letting me know.
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