Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 13th May 2010 21:19 UTC
Multimedia, AV For over 9 months now we use our Apple TV as our music entertainment system in our home. And when I mean "music entertainment system", I mean just that. We don't use our Apple TV for anything else, not even video (our much more video-capable Sony PS3 bears that task). We used to use CDs, in a 250 CD-changer device, but the experience was not nearly as good as when dealing with files that have metadata. So we got ourselves an Apple TV. On the other side of the country, a friend of ours uses the open source MPD solution. In this article I'll try to figure out which one of the two is the best solution for my household's usage pattern.
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air port express?
by brain dead hippie on Thu 13th May 2010 21:32 UTC
brain dead hippie
Member since:
2007-02-09

just wondering why you never mentioned the airport express - it's about $150 cheaper and you can unplug it and move it to another room with speakers...

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RE: air port express?
by danieldk on Thu 13th May 2010 21:34 in reply to "air port express?"
danieldk Member since:
2005-11-18

True, but you can only stream to an Airport, it cannot store music ;) .

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RE: air port express?
by Eugenia on Thu 13th May 2010 21:40 in reply to "air port express?"
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

Because the Airport Express still requires your main PC/Mac with iTunes to be "ON". The whole point of my article is to not to have to do that!

There are other solutions online too, like Thom was just telling me on IM, with his Boxee/HTPC solution. However, the point is to have a dedicated, headless audio server, that you can control via a smartphone/iPod or at the very least tablet device. The Airport Express doesn't fit that bill, because it requires your *main* music PC to be ON (which indicates that the main PC is in another room of the house), and the Boxee/HTPC's *audio* remote control capabilities are limited compared to MPD/AppleTV's (UI not as good for audio as it is for video).

So none of these solutions fit my "appliance" setup that I'm after on my living room.

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RE[2]: air port express?
by darknexus on Thu 13th May 2010 21:43 in reply to "RE: air port express?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Can't the Apple TV stream to Apple's own airport express? I thought it could. If it can, you can control that via the remote app's now playing screen.

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