Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Mar 2012 21:28 UTC
In the News A few months ago, I wrote an article about comments, in which I said, among others things, that Twitter can never replace comments because not only is it effectively a one-to-one communication channel, Twitter messages are also far too short to foster any form of coherent conversation. Over the weekend, a silly link-bait story illustrated my point perfectly.
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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by darknexus on Tue 27th Mar 2012 00:34 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
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I'm exactly the opposite. Why would I want a harddrive in the media player and having to worry about managing copies of media all around the house, when I can just stream from the media server in the basement?

Sure, you need a decent network connection throughout the house, but it's not that hard to run CAT5/CAT6 cabling behind the baseboards. And multi-stream 802.11n is "good enough" to stream XviD/x264 streams up to 720p (maybe even 1080p?).

So why do you need local storage in each media player? That's the point of a media server.

Normally I'd agree with you. However, the Apple TV and Airplay requires that media be streamed from an Airplay-compatible device or program. In this case, that means iTunes, and iTunes is not stable enough to be considered as a server. Until Airplay is fully reverse-engineered, one would be stuck with iTunes unless they were to jailbreak their Apple TV and run an alternative media client on it.

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