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Latest Apple TV beta brings iTunes music purchasing to the living room

post #1 of 20
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A closer look at the Apple TV beta software released on Monday shows Apple is looking to bring iTunes music purchasing functionality back to its set-top streamer, allowing iTunes users yet another place to preview and buy songs.

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iTunes purchasing in the current Apple TV software is limited to movie and television shows, but the latest beta suggests music buying will be an added feature when Apple releases the next version later this year.

As seen above, the Music app now directs to an interface much like the iTunes Store as seen on OS X, complete with scrollable panes and category menus. Previously, selecting Music would open a user's iTunes library.

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With the beta, users can preview songs, browse artists, and make single track or album purchases. Much of the functionality from the OS X version of the store is brought over to the big screen, though some tweaks were made to the user interface. For example, buying a song will bring up a verification pop-up before allowing users to proceed.

Interestingly, clicking on an album from the main menu automatically selects the featured track or current single for that title, making it easier to navigate when using the supplied remote control. For example, choosing Mackelmore's "The Heist" brings up a track list with the song "Same Love" already highlighted and ready for preview.

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Purchases can be played on the Apple TV, or downloaded onto another device, identical to how iTunes operates on both OS X and iOS. Recent buys are automatically updated as the Apple TV syncs directly to iTunes rather than storing songs on-site.

Free "Singles of the Week" are also available, with a "Free" button replacing the graphic containing the usual per-song price. The purchasing process for these tracks is the same as a regularly priced title.

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Apple is expected to release the next Apple TV software version later this year.
post #2 of 20
Chipping away at the hobby.
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post #3 of 20
Sounds like a smart idea.
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I'd still rather they made a half decent interface for the thing than keep adding these incremental features.  It's ugly and difficult to use.  

Getting rid of the bugs and performance issues should have higher priority as well. 

post #5 of 20
How about adding two USEFUL things:

1. External Storage for content via USB
2. EyeTV in combination with above.
post #6 of 20
#1 useful thing to add: more channels.
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#1 useful thing to add: more channels.

Duh.

Alert the media.
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Originally Posted by Peter Windle View Post

How about adding two USEFUL things:

1. External Storage for content via USB
2. EyeTV in combination with above.
 

Why would external storage be useful? Everything can be airplayed from iTunes on the computer, that seems much more useful to me. 

What they really need to be working on is content deals/channels/apps.....which I'm sure they already are.

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Does a lack of "or on other devices" mean content purchased via Apple TV is subject to DRM?

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#1 useful thing to add: more channels Apps and a dedicated gaming controller.

 

Fixed that for you.

 

Netflix is not available in my region so I use exactly...let's see, carry the one...NONE of the channels!

 

My Apple TV is only useful for airplay streaming ABC iView from my iPad (works well enough that I've basically stopped watching live TV).

post #11 of 20

I find the UI pretty terrible on the ATV. And using a remote is very "old tech". I´m sure they got a way better interface hidden away ready for a major launch of a television set and updated ATVs. Maybe voice? The IR remote has to die.

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Netflix is not available in my region so I use exactly...let's see, carry the one...NONE of the channels![/quote

No Netflix? Where do you live. Even we have Nutflix, as I like to call it for fun!
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I find the UI pretty terrible on the ATV. And using a remote is very "old tech". I´m sure they got a way better interface hidden away ready for a major launch of a television set and updated ATVs. Maybe voice? The IR remote has to die.

The best interface of all would be a very similar Apple Remote 'with Bluetooth'. Don't over think it. That's the solution. And eventually with regards games and apps, a separate games controller (which they are leaving to third parties for now).
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post #14 of 20

The real question is how come that feature was not there from the start... 

post #15 of 20
"Maybe voice? The IR remote has to die."

Only if they aren't bright enough to put the mike in the remote. I ain't about to start hollering across the room at the TV - or watch it change channels if the dog barks.
post #16 of 20
This functionality was also needed with iTunes Radio, which will be on ATV as well. Thus, allowing you to purchase any songs you may be currently listening to. Not sure though is in the example above, if it is showing you the popular song, when clicking on an album or more that when you listen to iTunes Radio and its showing you the artist, album and song, currently playing, that it will bring you this same view. i.e. the artists album with the current playing song highlighted.
post #17 of 20
Yeap, Apple is testing the waters. Their TV will be coming some time in the future, I can smell it...
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Yeap, Apple is testing the waters. Their TV will be coming some time in the future, I can smell it…

Smells like tiny little box you plug into anyone else's TV.

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post #19 of 20

Since they'll most likely add iTunes Radio in an future update, a service designed to have users discover and purchase music, this makes total sense.

post #20 of 20
Gee, thanks for giving me back a feature THE ORIGINAL APPLE TV ALREADY HAD!

Next they'll take away the ability to buy TV shows, then give it back and AI will act like it is a great new feature. The only place AI mentions buying music used to be available is in the subtitle when they say "back". C'mon...

What the AppleTV had desperately needed for some time is the ability to SEARCH my library of movies or TV shows. I have like 2000 movies and scrolling from A to Z takes FOREVER.

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Mac Mini, iPhone 4S, AppleTV, iPad.

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