3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 6, 2010 12:06 AM by celliott147
Dgllama Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Is it possible or will it ever be possible in the future to install iTunes directly on the Apple TV? Even a boiled down version.

*This will add the additional features of:*
- Being able to connect directly to a NAS (Network drive) / usb drive, allowing me to play music without starting my laptop.
- Buying music, movies, whatever directly on the Apple TV. A network / attached usb drive can be assigned to handle storage.
- Allow browsing and previewing of music on the iTunes Store using the better speakers Apple TV are connected to.

Or am I being optimistic about the processing capability of the A4 processor?
  • C Ogle Level 5 Level 5 (7,025 points)
    I think you are asking a little much of the Apple TV, which is designed to be a very economical, specialized media device. The functionality you are looking for already exists in other products such as the Mac Mini.

    As for whether or not it might support such features in the futures, nobody here can guess. You can submit feedback to Apple here: http://www.apple.com/feedback/appletv.html
  • Dgllama Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you, I will submit the feedback.

    I was reading some more and it seem the Apple TV has the same A4 processor than say my new iPod touch. The iPod touch runs iTunes and has all the features I require, so in theory Apple TV is suppose to be able to do the same.

    The reason I did not get the Mac Mini is that I am only planning to use the Apple TV as a media device and do not require all the additional functionality that the Mac Mini provide.

    After more goooogling it seems that it is a wide spread view that apps might be coming to Apple TV, I for one definitely hope so. Otherwise I should have gone for a Mac Mini or an alternative Media server - my HD TV has a pc connection - so why stream if you can plug in?
  • celliott147 Level 4 Level 4 (1,135 points)
    The iPod touch runs iPod.app, not iTunes... The AppleTV is technically capable of running iPod.app, as it runs iOS 4.1, but at this time Apple has elected to leave it out and use it as a streaming device...