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Introducing Apple TV
At 1.1 inches tall, Apple TV is smaller than the Mac mini, but has enough room to hold a 40GB hard drive and an Intel processor. It can store up to 9,000 songs (with the average song 4 minutes) or 50 hours of video. Apple TV doesn't limit you to just songs and movies; you can add podcasts, home movies, and photos. Transferring these files to Apple TV is a cinch with the built-in WiFi receiver for 802.11n/g. This hi-speed WiFi comes in handy when syncing gigabytes of information and can run up to 540Mbits/s. Apple TV also allows you to set up streaming with a maximum of five computers in your home - Mac or PC - as long as they have iTunes installed.
If you know the iPod interface, learning to use Apple TV is a no-brainer. The Apple TV remote resembles a first-generation iPod Shuffle with a raised click-wheel and that makes it easy to scroll through your selections. For video, you get a quick preview of your available movies as you scroll through plus the music menu has the cool 3D rotating album art (similar to iTunes' Cover Flow) as you flip through your songs.
To connect Apple TV to your television, you need to have a set that is HDMI- or component video-compatible. If you have a non-HD TV (an analog television using composite video), you are out of luck. You also have the choice of optical audio (also called TOSLINK for Dolby Digital® or DTS® surround sound) or RCA connections. An Ethernet port is available for wired networking and a USB port is another way to get content to the Apple TV.
Apple TV offers an efficient alternative to having a wall of legacy A/V equipment. With the advantage of WiFi, you can have control of your music and movies from any system running iTunes minus the miles of wiring. This multimedia hub gives you access your files locally, but if you don't already have the benefit of HD, it requires a significant investment to upgrade your television. Apple TV provides the freedom to enjoy media from any room with easy setup and interactivity.
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