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post #1 of 89
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Apple released its anticipated software update to Apple TV today, adding support for iTunes Radio and AirPlaying content from iCloud ? like music from iTunes Match ??to another person's Apple TV.

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The new software arrives just a couple of days later than it was rumored to appear. But those reports did correctly reveal that Apple was planning to update the AirPlay wireless streaming functionality of its set-top box.

The new AirPlay over iCloud functionality allows users to take any purchased iTunes content ? such as music, movies or TV episodes ? and stream it directly to an Apple TV that may not be configured with their iTunes login credentials. The authentication is instead provided wirelessly by a connected iOS device, like an iPhone or iPad.

Apple TV 6.0 also adds access to purchases from the iTunes Music Store, and allows users to sync their podcasts. Photos from a shared Photo Stream can also be accessed.

Finally, the latest Apple TV software brings the newly launched iTunes Radio service, which is similar to established streaming Internet music provider Pandora. iTunes Radio debuted on Wednesday on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch with the release of iOS 7.

The new Apple TV update may be the last software refresh before the company's rumored Apple TV hardware reboot. The company took delivery of a mysterious shipment of "set top boxes" in the days leading up the iPhone 5s and 5c announcement.
post #2 of 89
1) That's it; I'm getting two friends of mine an AppleTV.

2) The article might want to reflect that iTunes Radio is a US-only service, as AI has quite a few international readers.
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post #3 of 89
iCloud airplay?

I think I know what that means....
Oh wait...no ....no I don't.

I have movies in iCloud that I can AirPlay?

But them again I could skin that car before right?

never mind I read it slowly-er and done understood it mo beddar

Lol
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Annnnnnnd...It's Bricked. Thanks a lot, Apple. Now I have to go dig out a microUSB cable (Which as an Apple user I don't have a lot of) to try and fix the damn thing.

 

Edit: Nope. Still busted. Well this is just GREAT.


Edited by Jensonb - 9/20/13 at 12:37pm

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post #7 of 89

Whoa whoa whoa.  This is too much and way over rated.  Why would some one want to have such a device.  Actually watching programing for free?  Who ever thought o such a stupid idea?

 

On the other hand I love my Apple TV.  It is really awesome.

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post #8 of 89
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Annnnnnnd...It's Bricked. Thanks a lot, Apple. Now I have to go dig out a microUSB cable (Which as an Apple user I don't have a lot of) to try and fix the damn thing.

 

ROFLMAO. Technology just craps on some people. Maybe it's your karma or the way you smell.

post #9 of 89

Mine's bricked too. Any thoughts from anyone?

post #10 of 89
Jensonb - probably not bricked. The install step 1 part of the process takes absolutely forever. Sloooow motion on the progress bar.
post #11 of 89
My second generation Apple TV bricked and cannot be restored even in iTunes (v11.1) via USB cable, errors out with a 1602 error. My third generation Apple TV had no problems. Apple Support (800-SOS-APPL) was little help, all they could do was to make a Genius Bar appointment for me. Anyone updating with second generation should use caution.
post #12 of 89

I get a screen image that asks to connect a mini-USB-to-USB connection to iTunes. (3rd gen @TV).

 

Ugh. Who has one of those? What TF is up with that!?

 

Update: I found the cable, connected it to my laptop, opened iTunes, nothing.... can anyone help?


Edited by anantksundaram - 9/20/13 at 1:07pm
post #13 of 89
Imagine if the Apple TV hardware had a current gen chip, like the A7. It would make next gen console wars much more interesting.
post #14 of 89
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Mine's bricked too. Any thoughts from anyone?

I think I will wait for awhile before trying it.1tongue.gif
post #15 of 89
Great, this (slooooooooooooow) update just rendered my Apple TV (3rd gen.) useless and since no micro USB is shipped with the box I'm forced to switch my guests to enjoy some movies on my xbox' DVD drive...

Best of all most of these new features are limited to the US only...

Let's hope that a reset with the soon to be bought micro-usb-cable will set things back to normal...
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Let's hope that a reset with the soon to be bought micro-usb-cable will set things back to normal...

If you figured out how to do that reset, please post. Thanks. (There is some info provided in the Apple Support Communities, but fairly useless thus far).

post #17 of 89
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Originally Posted by Jensonb View Post
 

Annnnnnnd...It's Bricked. Thanks a lot, Apple. Now I have to go dig out a microUSB cable (Which as an Apple user I don't have a lot of) to try and fix the damn thing.

 

Edit: Nope. Still busted. Well this is just GREAT.

 

Did you try a downgrade?

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post #18 of 89
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If you figured out how to do that reset, please post. Thanks. (There is some info provided in the Apple Support Communities, but fairly useless thus far).

1. Plug the micro-usb into the AppleTV
2. Plug the power cord into the AppleTV
3. iTunes will mount the device and you'll see it under Devices like a CD or iPhone.
4. Select it and the Summary tab will offer one option - Restore
5. Accept License Agreement and wait for the download and restore.

Edit http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4367?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US explains it better cause it covers all gens. Gen1 was power before usb cable I think.
post #19 of 89
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If you figured out how to do that reset, please post. Thanks. (There is some info provided in the Apple Support Communities, but fairly useless thus far).

 

1. Download an older software version, e.g. from http://www.ipswdownloader.com/download-apple-tv-ipsw-files.php onto your mac.

2. connect the AppleTV with the microUSB cable to your Mac.

3. Wait until the AppleTV shows up in iTunes

4. Restore manually using the downloaded software.

5. Reboot.

 

There might be a specific order regarding power, I think it was first the USB then the power, but it could be the other way round as well

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post #20 of 89

"The new AirPlay over iCloud functionality allows users to take any purchased iTunes content ? such as music, movies or TV episodes ? and stream it directly to an Apple TV that may not be configured with their iTunes login credentials. The authentication is instead provided wirelessly by a connected iOS device, like an iPhone or iPad."

 

Has this been tested, or documented?

 

This is not how the AppleTV update describes Airplay from iCloud, at all.

 

The way this actually works, is when you're watching an iTunes purchase on an iOS device, and choose to AirPlay it to your AppleTV, instead of the traditional behavior, it can (optionally) continue streaming that content from iTunes in Cloud, instead of relying on AirPlay.

 

Its like AirPlay to initiate, but iTunes in the Cloud streaming from there. There are settings for whether this happens automatically, or never.

post #21 of 89

I am surprised it has the "old" icons, except for the iCould pics (and probably iRadio which I don't have here in Germany. Yet).

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post #22 of 89

Both of my 3rd gens bricked.  So far, recovery from iTunes isn't working.  Won't even detect it!  Device manager does, and the driver loaded properly.  Uninstalled everything made by Apple, and reinstalled--still nothing.  >:-(

 

Looks like a trip to the Apple Store is in order.

post #23 of 89

Wow, they really appear to have screwed this one up. Wonder when they'll pull it.

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post #24 of 89
3rd gen here bricked!
post #25 of 89
Buggy. I use an apple AirPort Extreme and use a hidden network. Connection keeps dropping. Unhide the network and all is good!
post #26 of 89

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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

... Apple TV 6.0 also adds access to purchases from the iTunes Music Store, and allows users to sync their podcasts. ...

 

This is probably just poorly worded on AppleInsiders part as usual, but the current Apple TV software already does this.  

post #27 of 89

Same problem here: it bricked my 2nd generation ATV. Restoring via iTunes does not work either. And there’s no Genius bar in my country. Great stuff Apple.

post #28 of 89
The restore is in progress on one of my boxes. The Win8 PC won't even "see" it. Plugged into my wife's Win7 Pro laptop and the Apple TV was detected, installed, and "seen". iTunes immediately detected it needed a restore and started the process. Still waiting on it to finish. Crossing my fingers!!
post #29 of 89
This is very odd. I had no issue updating my 3rd generation ATV. It was a little slow during the "Preparing Update" but it was fine.
post #30 of 89
https://discussions.apple.com/community/appletv/appletv?view=discussions

This is definitely a widespread issue. People all over are having failures. I would recommend waiting unless you have a micro USB cable in case of issues....

Not a good release it seems... 1oyvey.gif
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post #31 of 89
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If you figured out how to do that reset, please post. Thanks. (There is some info provided in the Apple Support Communities, but fairly useless thus far).

1. Plug the micro-usb into the AppleTV
2. Plug the power cord into the AppleTV
3. iTunes will mount the device and you'll see it under Devices like a CD or iPhone.
4. Select it and the Summary tab will offer one option - Restore
5. Accept License Agreement and wait for the download and restore.

Edit http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4367?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US explains it better cause it covers all gens. Gen1 was power before usb cable I think.

Followed instructions to a 'T'. Multiple times. The appletv does not show up under devices. Quite frustrating!
post #32 of 89
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https://discussions.apple.com/community/appletv/appletv?view=discussions

This is definitely a widespread issue. People all over are having failures. I would recommend waiting unless you have a micro USB cable in case of issues....

Not a good release it seems... 1oyvey.gif

Definitely not a good release. Atrocious, in fact. Fortunately I have a Gen2 in the basement that I rarely use, and hopefully, I can manage with that until Apple puts out some type of fix.
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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

 
If you figured out how to do that reset, please post. Thanks. (There is some info provided in the Apple Support Communities, but fairly useless thus far).

1. Download an older software version, e.g. from http://www.ipswdownloader.com/download-apple-tv-ipsw-files.php onto your mac.
2. connect the AppleTV with the microUSB cable to your Mac.
3. Wait until the AppleTV shows up in iTunes
4. Restore manually using the downloaded software.
5. Reboot.

There might be a specific order regarding power, I think it was first the USB then the power, but it could be the other way round as well

Thanks. I'll try this. But I am not holding out much hope. :-/
post #34 of 89
Got one restored and updated (via the restore). Working on the other one now.
post #35 of 89

Upgraded my third gen no problem. Took awhile to complete but it works fine. I always use a wired network connection to it however.

post #36 of 89

In case anyone was wondering (and this was about the only thing I was hoping for), there is still no auto-play or post-play feature for Netflix.

post #37 of 89

No issues whatsoever, updated 2nd ATV with no problems.

post #38 of 89
Both are restored via PC and USB cable! Whew!!
post #39 of 89
I upgraded my 3gen ATV without any problems, took a long time, but no issues whatsovever. I live in Norway, are logged in with my US account, and to my surprise iTunes Radio works great :-)
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post #40 of 89
Anyone having trouble updating 2nd or 3rd gen Apple TV (bricked), follow this procedure to the letter:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5706?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

If you still get failed updates, try a different USB port (and/or Mac if possible) and BE PERSISTENT. Some Apple TV updates are very picky, I know not why. I had one 2nd gen that took quite a few attempts before it took. I know it's &%*&TGSU(T!!!
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