ATV mk1 as headless OS X iTunes unit for car?
I've just scored a pre-loved mk1 TV on eBay with the hope I can tinker with it, so as to use it in my car as a built-in iTunes music player.
The ideal setup is that I can secrete it away somewhere in the car without the need for a screen, and then use Remote.app on my iPhone to navigate / create genius playlists etc.
To me - the easiest way to do this seems to be to get an OS X Leopard install running that can in turn allow the ATV to create it's own ad-hoc wifi network which the phone can then connect to with Remote.app and then do it's 'controlling of iTunes' thing without the need for a screen or mouse/keyboard.
I've done this with laptops (and a Mini) in the car before and it worked well, but want to have an 'always there' install that's out of sight in the glove-box or under the seat and not so expensive I cough up a lung if it gets stolen (this cost me only £50GBP)
Ah you're thinking - 'Why not just use a big 160gig iPod classic?
Simply - No wires hanging out of the dash, bigger hard drive (I have a lot of music and hate having to always decide what music to take before a long trip)
'Why not just use a Mac mini?"
Well I could do that but it's bigger, draws more power and has a massive power brick. And it's lots more expensive (I can't spare the one I have); Plus overkill for a car stereo maybe?
"Why not just use the standard ATV OS?"
I think you need to also have a separate wifi router in the car - ie an AirPort Express for this to work. This is a reasonable 'plan b' if my 'best case idea' is technically impossible but there's more to go wrong, (Express loses network/ forgets network/flashing orange LED of Death) and it means one more thing to power off the car's 12v supply making it generally less elegant.
So in summary:
1) Can an TV running Leopard create an adhoc network that an iPhone can connect to and headlessly control it with Remote.app?
2) Or can this be done with mildly hacked ATV OS 2.0 instead?
3) Since I'm asking - does anyone know of a more elegant way to power an ATV in a car? (dc > ac> dc seems a little messy to me)
Many thanks in advance for any help at all. I'm game for most hacks (I have a Dell Mini9 with a hackintosh install so am reasonably adept) and can't wait for the mail-man to bring my little silver box so I can start messing about with it. (I plan to add a 320 PATA drive or maybe even do the 1tb SATA / IDE adapter/long ribbon install).