Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Mar 2009 15:16 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Apple Just as everyone suspected, Apple updated its various lines of desktop computers today, bringing speed and performance improvements across the board. Mac Pro, iMac, and the Mac Mini were all upgraded, and especially for the Mini, it was a long time coming. The Mac Pro sees the most changes.
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RE[5]: Tee hee
by akrosdbay on Wed 4th Mar 2009 17:17 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Tee hee"
akrosdbay
Member since:
2008-06-09

That probably has something to do with how crippled the ATV is compared to the Mini, I bet. Perhaps if Apple would actually put some real effort into the ATV, and actually give the users what they want from a media center, it would sell better--in other words, stop treating it as a sideline project.. Currently, what can you do with the ATV? iTunes and Youtube with HD, that's it, unless you hack it. Most users would want, in addition to this, hulu support, netflix support, and perhaps even support for optical media playback? Imagine that. Support for an easy way to add many more codecs to the ATV--sorry Apple, but Quicktime's default capabilities are pathetic when it comes to the file formats it can deal with. What does Apple have against ogg/Vorbis and FLAC, anyway, just to name a few?


Doesn't Apple get to sell the mini for $200 more without fixing the ATV? Why would they cannibalize their own products... ?

If people are willing to buy the mini instead of the ATV apple still makes money and probably more margins..I fail to see your point.

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RE[6]: Tee hee
by darknexus on Wed 4th Mar 2009 23:25 in reply to "RE[5]: Tee hee"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

The point was exactly that, why most ht enthusiasts go for the Mini over the ATV. Look at the posting I replied to. The point was that Apple would sell more ATVs if they wouldn't artificially cripple it. I don't see how making the ATV a proper media center would kill the Mini, which has a lot of other uses besides an htpc. So, I'm afraid I don't see your point or your objection to mine.

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RE[7]: Tee hee
by akrosdbay on Thu 5th Mar 2009 00:30 in reply to "RE[6]: Tee hee"
akrosdbay Member since:
2008-06-09

The point was exactly that, why most ht enthusiasts go for the Mini over the ATV. Look at the posting I replied to. The point was that Apple would sell more ATVs if they wouldn't artificially cripple it. I don't see how making the ATV a proper media center would kill the Mini, which has a lot of other uses besides an htpc. So, I'm afraid I don't see your point or your objection to mine.


Then you don't see the point of settop boxes. ATV is a set top box.

My Roku netflix player plays netflix and amazon on demand (pretty recent). My Tivo does PVR, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon on demand..etc.My PS3 can play flash, Playstation store content, MP4, DIVX and wma content. None of them offer FLAC or ogg/vorbis support.

ATV is a set top box for Apple's iTunes service.. end of story.

Does you argument apply to Roku, Sony PS3 and Tivo also? or Apple a special sore point for you?

I have the 3 I mentioned above. I don't own an AppleTV.

Your objection is invalid. The mini is lucrative because you can use all those codecs and much more. It also has more processing juice for 1080p content than the ATV.

Edited 2009-03-05 00:34 UTC

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