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09-14-2009, 05:11 AM #1
Apple TV Begins Disappearing Overnight
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In case you didn't already notice, Apple made a few changes seemingly overnight.
And I mean overnight ... literally.
Our friends at MacRumors just rolled out with the news.
Apple has quietly discontinued the 40GB Apple TV overnight and reduced the price of the 160GB model down to $229. Previously, the 40GB and 160GB models were priced at $229 and $329, respectively.
The Apple TV hardware has remained essentially unchanged since its introduction with the exception of hard drive size. Apple has always referred to the AppleTV as a "hobby" project and is still exploring ways to expand the market.
in mind that Apple's new iTunes LP bundles were "likely formatted specifically for the Apple TV."
I'm not going to jump on the bandwagon just yet that is already heading down the road for big expectations of a substantial Apple TV software update in the coming weeks or months. For now, it just seems like Apple's plate is too full to roll out any game-changing developments for Apple TV.
Of course, if you think I'm mistaken, I would be happy to hear your thoughts otherwise.
09-14-2009, 05:26 AM #2
Never understood why someone would buy one of these when for a few $$$ more you could have a macmini and set it up not only as a full computer but a media server running Plex.
Maybe with the reduction in price it might be more appealing.
09-14-2009, 06:51 AM #3
^+1If i helped you, clicking thanks would be nice
09-14-2009, 07:04 AM #4
I wanna try that idea the first poster put up. It makes much more sense and would be a lot more fun overalll...This is getting a lil' ridiculous...
09-14-2009, 07:44 AM #5
09-14-2009, 09:04 AM #6
While I love my iPhone when it comes to apple products, I'm all about Windows 7 Media Center with my cablecard tuners and blu-Ray drive in the livingroom. (love it) Extra bonus for my media center extender in the bedroom plus inline slingbox pro HD for iPhone slingplayer too
Last edited by JazJon; 09-14-2009 at 09:07 AM.
09-14-2009, 09:32 AM #7
there going to hook this bad boy up to the app store
09-14-2009, 09:36 AM #8
I disagree completely, although i'm sure there are several better ways to hook up a Windows Media Center or XBMC/Boxee, Apple TV is an intuitive and easy to use device for the non-techy folks like myself.
The availability to rip all of my dvd's to a virtual device then stream them seamlessly over a wireless network while also being able to sync my itunes & photos is worth $200.00 alone to me.Don't forget to hit the thanks button if you liked what I said or did
09-14-2009, 10:37 AM #9I love AppleTV
My 5-year old operates my ATV and finds a movie to watch via iTunes streaming of my 200 DVD collection on WinXP server in basement. You can't beat that for user simplicity.
I LOVE APPLE TV
09-14-2009, 11:28 AM #10
To me this actually hints at an upgrade soon. They will probably bring the 160 GB in to replace the 40 GB and offer a new hardware upgrade.
09-14-2009, 02:15 PM #11
I don't understand... isn't this something that Apple would be proud to announce and make sure that public knows?
09-14-2009, 02:45 PM #12
Apple TV 320gb ftw!
09-14-2009, 05:04 PM #13
In a household with non-tech people the appletv, ie kids or wife, has been useful. It is easy to use for anyone. Mine is also setup to run Boxee.
09-14-2009, 08:42 PM #14
if I had the money, every room in my house would have one. I have one in my living room as the main source of entertainment at the moment
09-14-2009, 09:49 PM #15I'm not surprised.
09-14-2009, 10:11 PM #16
I was about to buy one this weekend. I wonder if I should wait
09-15-2009, 10:46 PM #17
Apple is extremely smart with their marketing and product offering but they messed up with this one BIG TIME......
Basically, as one poster pointed out, they have used this devise as a way of generating more revenue buy limiting its power and forcing you to be extremely dependent on itunes for media. Out of the box (without knowing how to hack into the unit) one can ONLY play mp4's. While I like the quality of this compression, the world still uses the .avi format 95% of the time.
Apple could easily add some key features like:
1. multiple media types
5. (and this one i still dont get) an app store for downloading paid apps.
BUT.... this would make it more like the macmini and reduce sales of that unit.
$200+ for a device that will be used to purchase (and generate more revenue for apple) movies from itunes is just too steep. There are other devices on the market already for 1/2 of that price with more available content.
To me the added benefits of a macmini are well worth the few extra $$$$$. Those who say the AppleTV is just simple, how hard is it to just click (or just always leave it on) the Front Row icon? But those who want to do their homework can (for free) use some great media applications like plex or boxee. Plus, have all the benefits of having a computer (most likely) set up on a large flat screen tv in the family room.
To me it just doesnt make sense... If Apple wants this type of item (which i'll call a novice media player) in their offering they need to subsidize it more (like the cell phone industry) and bring it inline with the competition ($99.00 price point). They would more then make it up with the additional purchases from itunes.
09-28-2009, 11:14 AM #18