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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-01-2010, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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New Apple Goodies: TV, Social Network, and iPods

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The new Apple TV for $99



Steve Jobs just pulled out the world famous "one more thing" for nothing other than... a new Apple TV. It's now a streaming-focused device (as we predicted months ago) in a small matte black enclosure we're calling "the hockey puck." It has HDMI, Ethernet, optical audio, and USB plugs around back, and of course 802.11n for the cable-averse. Inside there ain't much -- there's no local storage, which makes this thing an entirely different beast than old Apple TVs, relying entirely on the "cloud" for content. Those new streaming HD TV rentals from ABC and Fox will be a mere 99 cents, while first run HD movies will be a less thrilling $4.99. Other services include Netflix, YouTube, Flickr, and Mobile Me, along with Rotten Tomatoes integration in the movie catalog. You can also stream from your computer, if you miss those old hard drive-sourced days of yore, but iOS 4.2's AirPlay also enables streaming from an iPad straight to an Apple TV for something much more surreal. The best news? Apple will start shipping this sucker four weeks from now for $99.

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Not a huge surprise here, but Apple's just announced iTunes 10 alongside all those new iPods, complete with a brand new logo that finally ditches the CD. What is something of a surprise, however, is the standout feature of iTunes 10: Ping. That's Apple's take on a music-centered social network (think Last.fm), which will let you follow people (including artists), establish a "circle of friends," post comments, check out custom song and album charts, and even find over 17,000 concert listings (which you can of course let folks know your attending). What's more, Ping is also making the jump to the iPhone and iPod touch, and it's available with iTunes 10 today. Head on past the break for the full press release.

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i'm just waiting to see what Jeff has to say about this.
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need specs on the new apple tv, where can i read them?

here: http://www.apple.com/appletv/

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holy shit does this thing suck balls, only decent for internet cloud streaming.

Video formats

* H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
* MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
* Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

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* HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through

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so no streaming from your computer?
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so no streaming from your computer?
Yes, from your Mac.
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so no streaming from your computer?
It will but the codec support stinks and there isn't enough horsepower to do anything over 720p. This product is aimed squarely at the internet cloud and not your personal saved content.

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holy shit does this thing suck balls
Yeah, but you know Tony's still going to buy one...

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The ipad looks like must own tech compared to this turd.

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I was going to ask what you thought about this versus your Popbox. Guess I have my answer.

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I was going to ask what you thought about this versus your Popbox. Guess I have my answer.
It's for cloud content viewing, totally different animal. Based on their other products it will probably be very good at it though!

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ugh nothing to see here move along folks
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The ipad looks like must own tech compared to this turd.
The iPad is huge in the General Aviation market, a very inexpensive glass cockpit. The only Apple product that I would consider owning. But instead I put the Lowrance Aero 2000C in the plane, better price....free

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ugh nothing to see here move along folks
Moving along, especially when Vcook starts talking in geek, which I don't understand God now I have to waste my precious time to google WTF is cloud content viewing

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