Apple TV vs. Mac Mini
Hi, I'm new here but have done alot of research on this already and need some help/opinions.
I currently have a 13" Macbook pro, and am using a really long VGA cable to connect it to my computer to watch movies, tv shows, and listen to music. I want to get either an apple tv or a mac mini to leave connected to my tv so I don't have to use the cable (which drains battery life, requires my mac to be on, etc.) I'm just not sure which is best.
I have all of my music, movies, and tv shows in itunes-compatible formats imported and organized in itunes. I use hulu some, and have netflix (but just use my xbox360 for that at the moment.)
It seems like I have three choices:
1. Mac Mini: More expensive, but it can do just about everything. I would prefer to just do this and save up some more money to afford it, but the major problem is itunes syncing. Is there a way to sync the library on my macbook and the library on my mini so that everything (playcounts, artwork, ratings, etc) is in sync? I've found some possible options but haven't been able to find an absolute solution.
2. Apple TV (1st gen): Seems like it would work for music/movies/tv shows, just not hulu/netflix, which isn't a huge deal, but would be nice. I would have to do a hardware-hack and install a larger (probably 500gb) harddrive in it. Is there any way to use hulu/netflix and still sync normally to itunes? I like the synchronization option that treats the TV like an ipod.
3. Apple TV (2nd gen): Since my main computer is my laptop, (from what I can tell) this is not an option because the 2nd gen only plays music via network streaming, and I would like to have my laptop asleep and still listen to music/watch tv.
Thanks for your help, it is greatly appreciated!
I'm not sure there is any current hack/way to run hulu on an apple TV (or if you can, to run it well). Boxee started so strongly with things like this, but has become so slow and bloated that it's simply not practical to use on the ATV1 running ATV OS. It's likely quite okay on linux, performance wise.
Originally Posted by alecp
As long as you run the ATV OS, the synchronization feature will work.
If you have recent enough hardware (and keep your mac laptop asleep, but without the screen closed) then you can use wake on demand feature of 10.6 with ATV2
Originally Posted by alecp
Mac OS X v10.6: About Wake on Demand
It well depends on how you would want your system to be ultimately.
given a choice i would go for mac mini reason like you mentioned works a whole lot more better only down fall is the ATV OS.
I'm not sure how ATV OS works on Mac Mini but i believe there is a way to get it on Mac.
ATV gen1: so of now, it's still more configurable than gen2 i suppose. i may be wrong on that.
i too, owns a 13"Macbook but the thought of running it with power on isn't a pretty picture for me since i'm trying for 24/7 remotely. running just a single system is much simpler,cheaper than running 2. plus i'm not comfortable leaving a mobile book idle.
Yes you can get ATV1 OS running on some macs, but I believe that you are limited to a mac that can run 10.4. Current generation Macs are likely to be 10.6 only and you might not be able to get a 10.4 install disk to work on them.
Originally Posted by zedaf