What would be the better way to get my iTunes content over to the big screen, Mac Mini or Apple TV?
Here’s a handy table comparing the two products (information on the Apple TV was found at Ars Technica citing AppleInsider).
Apple TV :
Audio Output : HDMI, optical audio, analog RCA stereo audio
Hard Drive: 40GB
Processor: 1.0GHz Pentium underclocked on a 350MHz bus
RAM: 256MB of 400MHz DDR2
Software (selected): Apple TV interface (modified Front Row)
Video RAM : nVidia G72M with 64MB DDR2 Video Memory
Wireless Features: 802.11b, g, n
Video Output: HDMI, component video
Audio Output: Combined optical digital audio output/headphone out
Hard Drive: 60GB
CD/DVD: Combo Drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
Processor: 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo
RAM:512MB (Video RAM shares this RAM)
Software (selected): Mac OS X, iLife, Front Row
Video RAM: Intel GMA 950 graphics processor with 64MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory
Wireless Features: 802.11b, g and Bluetooth 2.0
Video Output: DVI, VGA with included adapter, S-Video and composite video with optional adapter
I am sure there are more considerations to ponder in making your decision, but if you get lost or confused just ask yourself, “What do I want to do with this thing?” Once you know the use of the product, you may have a clearer idea of what to chose.
When Apple TV was released, most pepole asked if we buy one of Apple TV, does that mean we can download movies anywhere (such as FreeMovieNow or EZMovies) on the iMac, and then watch them on our widescreen tv?
I think that unless someone hacks an aTV to play other formats, you're probably limited to iTS purchases or stuff that you encode yourself.I guess you could convert them to h264 or mpeg4 yourself
Yesterday I wanded to search some news about Apple TV, but ,unexpected I found Imtoo Apple TV video converter!