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: Comment by MOS6510
by darknexus on Mon 26th Mar 2012 05:27 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

The Apple TV was a nice device until they removed the hard drive from it. Why would I want a device for my home theater only to have to keep iTunes running on my computer to access my media? It made sense when it was an iPod with streaming services, without the on-board storage though I don't really see a use for it in my setup.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Mon 26th Mar 2012 05:32 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Well, removing the local storage is a bit of a annoyance.

As the device has a USB port it would have made sense to allow the user to attach some storage to it. This would keep the price of the device down, while allowing the customer total freedom wether or not to attach storage to it and if so how much.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by darknexus on Mon 26th Mar 2012 15:51 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

As the device has a USB port it would have made sense to allow the user to attach some storage to it. This would keep the price of the device down, while allowing the customer total freedom wether or not to attach storage to it and if so how much.


What? Apple allow customer freedom? I want some of what you're smoking. In all seriousness though, I agree with you that USB storage would have been the best of both worlds. Still, I suppose there's always jailbreaking and running XBMC on it.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by phoenix on Mon 26th Mar 2012 21:01 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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2005-07-11

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.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by darknexus on Tue 27th Mar 2012 00:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

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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