I been reading with interest Scripting News and Dave Winer’s adventures with his new Apple TV. By day number two Dave’s already decided that he doesn’t like the Apple TV and:
If you’re technically proficient enough to read this blog, AppleTV is not for you.
Ha Ha, well hey Dave maybe you’re so determined to see what the Apple TV can’t do, that you’re totally overlooking the beauty of what it does do? When used for the purpose it was designed for it just works and works quite well thank you.
First the Apple TV by intent is not a computer. Oh I know it’s been hacked and turned into one, but by design it’s a media device that serves as a extension of the iTunes media network. Think of it as a DVD Player or a DVR…not a computer.
Here’s how I’m using it (diagram below) in my home with great effect. I have delegated an older computer as my iTunes Sever. This server is my main iTunes media computer with all my music, video’s, podcasts and videocasts. My other computer(s) connect to this machine and stream music or video’s from there. This is also the machine that I sync and download media to my iPod from and my main iTunes Server for my Apple TV.
The beauty of this setup come in play for me with subscribed podcast or videocast. They automatically download to my server and are synced with my Apple TV. So at any time I can go to my living room turn on my HDTV and Apple TV and watch the latest chapters…without having to touch a computer, keyboard or mouse. Nice I tell you.
Dave also went on to make the statement that:
I’m not sure who it is for, but you don’t need it.
Well Dave, I could turn a 5-6 year old loose with the Apple TV and they could watch cartoons or movies galore without assistance. I doubt that that same 6 year old could do so well with a keyboard, mouse, shared drives, and cryptic file names. So maybe this was made for normal people…not geeks like us. (Dave…I believe the latest version of Handbrake has an option for Apple TV.)
So that’s the target Apple was shooting for! I’m sure Apple will release new features as the iTunes network expands to keep it all working together. This can be done with a simple software update that will make those new features available to all Apple TV’s.
Oh, by the way…it also doesn’t make waffles or vacuum the floor…damn that Apple!