I was looking forward to this product but after seeing the specs I think I will give it a miss. Here is why:
- Only a 40GB hard drive
with the price of hard drives these days you would think that they could use a 200GB drive!
- No DVD drive
If I am going to integrate a new device into my home theater I want to get rid of something, preferably my DVD player. I already have a pile of CD/DVD's which I would love to store on a hard drive so my son stops breaking them!
- WiFi required
To get the content onto the Apple TV I have to run my PC at home and transfer over the WiFi. What a pain.
- Content from iTunes
I can see what Apple are doing here. Buy the box and get your content from iTunes. Bummer! I want to record TV and store/play my existing CD/DVD's (that I have purchased)
So, I thought this might be the product for me but no. A good idea but seriously half baked and again the sort of product that will crash and burn quickly. I can see people in a few years time talking about the great little product from Apple that could have been but never was.
Sure, I could customise an XBox, use a Tivo, run a Shuttle with media centre/MythTV or 'buy-to-rent' a Sky PVR but all these products have limitations. Some are too complicated and I don't want to have to use a keyboard/mouse, boot a PC or support the technophobes in my house.
This is why the promise of Apple TV was so appealing. It is a product that is simple (no keyboard, just a remote), it looks great (nice styling job Jobs), it is inexpensive and I bet it doesn't crash. Sorry Mr Jobs you are not going to be my content provider now or in the future.
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