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Apple TV Airtunes vs. Apple TV streaming iTunes library

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RTW\'s Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Feb 12, 2008 2:49 PM
What is the difference? What is the advantage? I stopped using my Airport Express (for Airtunes) once I connected my Apple TV, because I liked having the visual interface. So why is everyone excited about the Apple TV's functionality with Airtunes? Isn't that a step backward?

Someone please help me understand the advantages/disadvantages. I haven't downloaded the update yet and thus I am confused. Thanks.

RTW
MacBook Pro 15" 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • xnav Level 5 Level 5 (6,625 points)
    One doesn't have to turn on the monitor/HDTV just to select and play music over their 5.1 system connected to the optical audio out of the TV.
    Mac Pro 2x3GHz Dual, Mac OS X (10.5.2), BootCamp WinXP, LinkSys WRT54G, iPhone, AppleTV
  • DanH Level 5 Level 5 (4,370 points)
    Streaming: your laptop or desktop can play music through the Apple TV setup, but not through its own speakers or speakers connected to it. And it can stream photos. Plus you have to set up each machine in advance to authorize it to stream. Most useful if you have one computer whose material is already on the ATV and another from which you occasionally like to access music and photos (in my case, my wife's laptop).

    AirTunes: with no prior authorization (though you can password protect if you wish), any computer running iTunes can simultaneously play music through your ATV and its own or connected speakers in another room. But no photos. Useful if you want music in two places at once and want to use the computer to control what's playing. Easiest way to have a "guest" computer play music through your ATV.

    Hope this helps,

    -dan
    BlacBook, iMac 15, G3+G5 iPods, iPhone, TV, Mac OS X (10.4.11), Boot Camp, XP
  • Andrew Friedman1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I think of it as more of a step sideways. It just widens your options. You now can control your music play from either interface, ATV, or iTunes. I haven't worked with it yet, so I don't know how it manages change from one source to the other. But thats the gist of it.
    iMAC (Intel), Mac OS X (10.5)
  • spooky tooth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am not seeing album artwork on ATV when playing from Itunes. All I get is the untitled screen.
    mini, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Andrew Friedman1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I get the artwork for tracks that are also synced.
    iMAC (Intel), Mac OS X (10.5)
  • juanpitillo Calculating status...
    AirTunes through Apple TV is cool because now I can pipe internet radio played through iTunes from the office to the living room!
    17" Powerbook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • solsun Level 3 Level 3 (515 points)
    I have artwork on mine.
    MacPro 8-core 2.8Ghz 10Gb RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.1), MacBook Pro, tv, iPods, iPhone
  • spartan1017 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I think the airtunes is great, but I'm only able to use airtunes when the unit is on (ie, white light is on, rather than standby).

    I assume this is the case for everyone? Just wondering, as my aTV still appears on iTunes as available regardless of whether its on or in standby.

    I think this is a missed trick, as many people such as myself have the aTV hooked up to a stereo or 5.1 system, and we all know the aTV syncs fine when in sleep mode.. If only I could play my tunes through it when its in sleep, that would just be a nice feature..

    Anyways, airtunes streaming is still such a great addition, along with the streaming its complete audio integration.. well done to Apple!
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  • HeyJP Level 4 Level 4 (2,375 points)
    Airtunes: All you have to do is open iTunes, select AppleTV as your "speaker" and click play... music is streamed to your stereo via ATV. No prep work and fully under remote control of your Mac/PC. Also, if you have Air Expressi on other stereos in the house, you can stream the same music synced to up to 3 of them. COOL for parties! Only supports Music, no movies or photos.

    ATV Stream: You go to the ATV interface, select your Mac as a SOURCE, then the ATV take several seconds or minutes to download your iTunes library-list. Then you can navigate all songs/photos/movies pick what you want to view/listen to. More than music (videos & photos too). But only on the one ATV.

    Jim
    17" MacBook Pro - 2.33 GHz - Core 2 Duo -, Mac OS X (10.5.1), 3 Gbyte RAM - 250 GByte Drive
  • Ran007 Calculating status...
    I think Apple is brilliant by turning this functionality on. It allows us to see how nice airtunes audio functionality can be for different rooms of our home, thus giving Apple a chance to bring in more sales of their $99 Airtunes product.

    Maybe if we buy enough of those, they'll enable video playlists...
    Apple IIc, Other OS, with mouse and monochrome 9" display
  • HeyJP Level 4 Level 4 (2,375 points)
    Somebody in another thread just pointed out that ATV now streams Internet Radio stations. Just put 'em in a playlist, sync it to ATV and play it.

    I'm listening to Radio Paradise right now!! Very awesome.

    Jim
    17" MacBook Pro - 2.33 GHz - Core 2 Duo -, Mac OS X (10.5.1), 3 Gbyte RAM - 250 GByte Drive
  • ElectricHermit Calculating status...
    One advantage, if you have/acquire an Airport Express, is that you can stream to the ATV, whilst also playing music on your Mac and a third set of speakers.
    MacBook Pro, iBook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.1), iPhone, Apple TV, Airport Extreme, Express
  • HeyJP Level 4 Level 4 (2,375 points)
    Somebody in another thread just pointed out that ATV now streams Internet Radio stations. Just put 'em in a playlist, sync it to ATV and play it.

    I'm listening to Radio Paradise right now!! Very awesome.

    Jim
    17" MacBook Pro - 2.33 GHz - Core 2 Duo -, Mac OS X (10.5.1), 3 Gbyte RAM - 250 GByte Drive
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