Originally Posted by GQB
Most things look 'just fine' in a demo.
In the wild is another thing altogether.
I'd prefer they release it when its solid.
Actually, doesn't anyone remember the Flickr-feature malfunctioning on Steve at the keynote? It looked like there was something wrong with downloading images from Flickr, but the software would still happily start a slideshow, showing black screens. That's a bug in my book.
If that happens during the high profile opening keynote, I dread to think what other rough edges are lurking beneath the surface.
I am suggesting they take out all the previous features (which were unsuccessful anyway) and only have movie rentals.
That's a horrible idea. The biggest reason I bought AppleTV in the first place was so I could have my music
library in the living room through an easy to use interface. With movie rentals not coming to Europe for another few months (heck, I'm not even sure we will get them in the Netherlands by that time, we don't even have movie downloads
yet) that's probably still going to be the primary use for some time to come, for me.
I do think the new interface (which definitely is
different, just look at the walkthrough on the Apple website, the welcome screen giving access to all the features is very different) looks too cluttered, I actually think it is a shame they're changing it so drastically. Maybe it's nicer to use, but it's definitely not nicer to look at. Actually, fingers crossed that one of the delays is some tweaking of the interface to make it look better.
And finally, I too would like Apple to add web-functionality to the Apple TV. I think that similar technology to that on the iPhone could make the web very useful from the living room couch, especially when combining Apple TV with the Apple wireless keyboard. Maybe they could even introduce a wireless mouse that doubles as a remote
I'm sure there are ways to not bother people that don't want all this with these things and still make it possible for those that do want it. Why not allow configuration of what menu's to show, so everyone can just choose the menu's they use while not being bothered by all the other ones?