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Michael Knutson
06-17-2010, 07:00 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.livedigitally.com/2010/06/16/why-the-mac-mini-is-not-at-all-an-apple-tv/' target='_blank'>http://www.livedigitally.com/2010/0...ll-an-apple-tv/</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"Lots of musing yesterday that the new Mac Mini is a "Apple TV in disguise." It's not. Here's why:"</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/at/auto/1276747492.usr17748.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>Some of my thoughts on the (author's) reasons why the new Mac Mini is not really intended to replace an Apple TV:</p><ul><li><p>Price. The new Mac Mini is significantly more expensive than an Apple TV. Agreed.</p></li></ul><ul><li><p>HDMI instead of DVI. Simply technology marching on, and nothing more. DVI = history.</p></li></ul><ul><li><p>Software. Front Row is not the software to foster a switch from AppleTV. Not now, at least.</p></li></ul><ul><li><p>Not the Apple Way. Apple doesn't often "<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osborne_effect" target="_blank">Osborne</a>" their products.</p></li></ul><ul><li><p>Consumers. Many consumers won't spend this much money for an &lsquo;add-on' to a TV. Agreed.</p></li></ul><ul><li><p>Content. Many consumers are satisfied by the content delivered or made available by their provider.</p></li><li><p>Price. Again, price.</p></li></ul><p>Apple has given no indication that they are ready to eliminate AppleTV, despite all the rumors. I personally own, use, and enjoy AppleTV, and believe that future versions will follow Apple's strategy of offering more technology for the same or slightly less cost. So, no, the new Mac Mini is NOT a replacement for AppleTV.</p>

Jason Dunn
06-17-2010, 10:58 PM
...and believe that future versions will follow Apple's strategy of offering more technology for the same or slightly less cost. So, no, the new Mac Mini is NOT a replacement for AppleTV.</p>

Damn right it's not - because the Mac Mini got MORE expensive with this release! :mad:

doogald
06-18-2010, 01:44 AM
I do use my nearly three year old Mac Mini as both a media player and a TV, and I have to say that I agree. It is way too hard to set up compared with an Apple TV.

Michael Knutson
06-18-2010, 03:35 AM
It seems like Apple has not really done their "usual" job promoting AppleTV. I use it all the time, and my biggest annoyance is trying to use YouTube Search with Apple's remote. A bit like the early days of TiVO, and Microsoft's early forays into the living room (was it WebTV?). The platform itself seems robust, self-updating, etc, so IMO why pay twice as much for a bit more storage and lesser overall capability ...

doogald
06-18-2010, 02:41 PM
I think that Plex is a great media center app, with lots of extensibility and plug-ins. If you do not want a TV tuner as well, a Mac Mini running Plex may actually be a more powerful and capable Apple TV.