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Cancionero Calculating status...
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Apr 7, 2008 12:06 PM
I have the 40GB ATV model. My music library is about 38GB and my photos are taking up the rest of the space as I have chosen to sync my library. I have begun the process of ripping my DVDs but they won't fit on the ATV drive. I've seen threads that suggest that ATV will automatically stream those items in your library that can no longer fit on the ATV hard drive. This is not working for me.

My question is how can I sync certain content and stream the rest? I think it would probably be most logical to stream my music and sync my movies and photos. How do I accomplish this? I have seen threads that refer to an ATV menu item called "Sources" as a way to set up streaming but I don't have this menu item in my ATV interface. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Gary i Level 5 Level 5 (6,190 points)
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    Apr 7, 2008 12:19 PM (in response to Cancionero)
    You really need to read the instructions.

    On your computer where you are synced open itunes. Your appleTV will appear, select it and you will find tabs for each of the things you do or do not want to sync.

    Anything else contained in itunes will be available to stream.
    Intel iMac 20inch, macbook, mini intel, Mac OS X (10.5.1), Maxed up baby
  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,625 points)
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    Apr 7, 2008 12:43 PM (in response to Cancionero)
    Depends which software you have.

    AppleTV 1.0/1.1 allowed you to select between synced and streamed content on AppleTV, with iTunes used to specify what got synced, with everything being streamed.

    AppleTV 2.0/2.01 to my mind is more confusing.
    The Source menu has gone, and now all streaming (up to 5) and synced (1) libraries are merged into a single list of available media.
    I don't necessarily want all the stuff to be available all the time and short of powering off the Mac or iTunes you can't just play what's on AppleTV itself.

    Not necessarily against the 'merged' library option, just wished they had Sources still with the option to merge.

    Anyhow, AppleTV 2.0/2.01 doesn't seem to update this merged library as well as the old system did for streaming, and sometimes you need to reboot AppleTv ot iTunes to get the new content seen. they should have added a 'refresh' content option somewhere for situations like this.

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  • jberkley17 Calculating status...
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    Apr 7, 2008 4:08 PM (in response to Alley_Cat)
    I would love some help here...
    First question: Do I have to set sync up or can you do all streaming? I seem to have to set up sync or I don't see anything on my ATV (ATV 2.01, iTunes 7.6.2.9.

    Second, I understand that I should be able to see all my available movies from iTunes, and that ATV will stream those and sync those I marked sync. I checked Custom Sync and the "Show only sync'd items' is not checked. But, I still only see the sync'd movies?

    btw: I agree that there should be a refresh both in iTunes and ATV. Also, it would be nice to be able to reboot ATV from the setup menu, not have to pull the friggin' plug.
    Dell, Windows XP Pro, iPod Touch, Apple TV 2.01
  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,625 points)
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    Apr 7, 2008 4:32 PM (in response to jberkley17)
    You can stream everything - set a custom sync but don't choose anything or i guess you could jsut set it up as a pure streaming library.

    If you want to reset from the remore hold Menu and Down button - you'll reboot and go into a restart/diagnostics/factory restore menu - choose restart. Quicker to pull the plug but this seems more graceful and you don't get the arcing when you reconnect! You don't have to ferret around pulling plugs either.

    Theer may be advantages however to pulling the plug and letting it completely reset any setting maintained when hooked up to the mains.

    AC
    iMac Core 2 Duo 20", Mac OS X (10.4.11), Intel Macbook, iPhone, old Risc OS and Windows boxes!
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,670 points)
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    Apr 7, 2008 4:43 PM (in response to Alley_Cat)
    Alley_Cat wrote:
    Theer may be advantages however to pulling the plug and letting it completely reset any setting maintained when hooked up to the mains.

    AC


    I believe there are, just as there are advantages to shutting down your mac instead of simply restarting it.
    MP 2 x QC Xeon 3 Ghz, 4 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • jberkley17 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 7, 2008 5:50 PM (in response to Alley_Cat)
    Thank you...
    Dell, Windows XP Pro, iPod Touch, Apple TV
  • mpdajo Calculating status...
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    Apr 8, 2008 4:48 PM (in response to Alley_Cat)
    Alley_Cat wrote:
    Anyhow, AppleTV 2.0/2.01 doesn't seem to update this merged library as well as the old system did for streaming, and sometimes you need to reboot AppleTv ot iTunes to get the new content seen. they should have added a 'refresh' content option somewhere for situations like this.

    Refresh option would have been great! Sometimes if this occurs I attempt to connect to a different computer and the return and new content appears.
    Power Mac G5, Macbook Pro, Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.2)

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