AppleTV: A Comprehensive User Review



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Thomas Fitzgerald spent some quality time with his AppleTV and wrote up this thorough and interesting review. His conclusion? It’s a great product, well thought out and executed.

It is the Apple TV’s integration with iTunes that makes it a truly fantastic product. Again it’s the little things. When you watch something on your iPod, and then sync it, it knows your playback position. When you watch a podcast, (if you set it to sync only recent episodes) it removes it and sends the next episode (but cleverly it waits till you have watched it to the end before it does so) Synching seems to happen often and as soon as you change something it will sync. It’s pretty impressive and seamless. Another cool thing is that if you have slideshows set up in iPhoto when you sync your photos it remembers the music you had set with that slide show. I know it’s simple little thing, but it just struck me as being indicative of the seamless integration across all Apple’s products, that competitors just can’t or don’t want to achieve.

…Even if you live outside the US and don’t have access to movies and TV shows on iTunes there are plenty of ways to get content onto the Apple TV. Two must have pieces of software are mediafork (aka handbrake) and visual hub. Visual hub does an excellent job of transcoding all those divx movies you may have acquired through whatever method you may have acquired them (and I’ll make no comment or suggestions on that topic) with no significant loss in quality, which is a pretty impressive feat. Media fork does a similar job with DVDs.


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4 responses to “AppleTV: A Comprehensive User Review”

  1. Tessa says:

    Thanks for pointing to that review. I’ve been trying to decide if I should make the Apple TV plunge. It seems like some thorough reviews are starting to roll in, now that people have time to “kick the tires” a bit.

    I found this one to be pretty informative. I also enjoyed Shelly Palmer’s essay on the Apple TV. A good analysis.

    I may have to buy one, after pay-day.


  2. jswede says:

    as Shelly says in his review: “this box is the PRECURSOR to a paradigm shift.” I could not agree more. Right now it doesn’t do much more for my TV than what an $18 cable + my iPod does.