Originally Posted by lsngctrl
the Apple TV still does not even let you stream from your iTunes purchased library...
Apple TV does stream from your library. It's very easy to set up.
Originally Posted by mitchelljd
I would be alot happier if i could use my apple tv as a place for all the blu-Ray digital copies i have or maybe even a place to store movies i buy from apple itunes movie store. but do NOT want to keep on my laptop because it would take up too much room in my laptop. or even desktop.
Anyway, it would be awesome to really make more of this device as a proper home media center and computing entertainment center.
Put the media on the network with a HD connected to your airport extreme. Use whatever computer you want to manage the library and synch things up. I have a dedicated server, but I understand your thoughts. It would be nice if the ATV could replace that server, however I doubt the ATV would ever support External SATA at 3GB/s. I have several ATV's and I have to consider multiple streams. Also, after struggling with a ton of media, USB2/ FW drives are too unreliable and too slow to transfer/ copy terabytes of data, so for me I'd rather have a more robust server that can serve an entire household, but for others I could see how great it could be if ATV were the server.
However I have to disagree with you, the Apple TV is a proper home media center. I'm very happy with my setup. I
Fusing media and computers has proven to be a "sticky wicket". Things will improve, but licensing and a slew of other legalities are definitely going to hinder development in this area. Apple is in a good place to leverage the power of the itunes store and their product ecosystem in these negotiations. So I'm inclined to think they will be able to make a great product/ service. Other's are at it too, so we'll see where it goes but otherwise there's nothing in the market that is leaps and bounds above ATV and few others have the clout to leverage change in what were fairly "static" and protected industries (music, tv and movies). Keep in mind, most of what we're talking about is still 1st generation tech no matter what offering you are talking about and accelerated development was traditionally unique to electronics and only now is it spreading to other industries.
The coolest thing is that it seems everyone is very interested in a "killer" product in this category. It should provide some real incentives to these corporations to work together developing a great platform and hopefully not fragment the market into disaster.