Originally Posted by gcom006
given it's limited functionality, even at $99, it begs the question, "why do I need this?" It's the only Apple product that is, well, in my opinion, how should I say this...wholly unnecessary? Wasteful? Laughable? Utterly forgettable?
A little harsh and self centered, no? If you have no need for a workstation with expansion slots and the ability to hold four hard drives, you could say the same thing about the Mac Pro
I use my ATV daily. I watch video podcasts, listen to music and enjoy my photos all via the ATV. And don't forget Netflix, which really does look noticably better than it does on my Tivo, Xbox 360 or PS3. At $100 it's a bargain for all of that. If you scatter them throughout your house you get whole house music for a fraction of what a sonos or other similar system would cost you. I'm always amused at Leo Laporte ragging on Apple for price, yet waxing poetic about all the sonos devices he has
Everyone keeps talking Airplay. I give it a year before it's forgotten. It's simply an inefficient method for viewing media on a TV.
I'll take that bet.
iPod and iPhone users will be the first to forget it when it drains their batteries faster than ever. iPad users will get over the novelty soon after despite suffering less battery woes.
While I don't think I will watch a two-hour film with Airplay off an iOS device, Airplay will be huge with mobile devices because of it's dynamic and instantaneous nature. The first time a friend comes over to my house and is able to throw content from their iPhone or other iOS device on my TV in a matter of seconds, I guarantee they will be getting a $99 ATV of their own. At $100 it's an impulse buy for most, and everyone loves seeing their content, especially personal photos and videos on their TV. In a few years every TV will have AirPlay and no ATV required. I think this is Apples longer goal. I think they would much rather eliminate the need for a set top box or smarts at the TV and instead leverage the computing devices people already own. Makes more sense to me than media center PCs or Google TV. Remember, AirPlay will work with Windows and Macs too. I will watch a movie via AirPlay if its on my Mac. Or I'll just watch it via Netfix like i do now. How can Google TV beat me sharing my MacBook Pro screen on my TV via AirPlay? It can't. It's a solution for a problem that won't exist once AirPlay becomes more prevalent.
Finally, if Apple follows though on their promise to open up Airplay, look for every consumer point and shoot camera to start adding Airplay. Apple has enough momentum with the iOS to break down resistance due to their shear inertia.
Airplay also solves the "what do you use as an interface for the TV" by taking the TV out of the equation. The TV is now an external monitor instead of another computing device - it's brilliantly simple and far more elegant than trying to connect some new box to a TV and it sells more iOS devices
I can't wait for the next step in home media consumption to become a bit more concrete, but going off of the latest offerings, it's still a long ways off. It'll be tinkerers only until someone comes along and puts out a truly revolutionary product. No one has come even remotely close to doing so yet.
Our stagnation is a direct reflection of the dual stranglehold of the media companies and the cable companies. In Europe they have pure IP TV "cable systems". It will come here eventually, but it isn't going to happen any time soon
In the mean time, all they are managing to do is to encourage me to look at how much time I waste watching inane programing on TV and instead encouraging me to do other things instead