Apple: Apple TV 3.0 users should update to version 3.0.1 immediately

Apple’s Apple TV Team has sent out an email advising Apple TV to upgrade immediately:

If you’ve installed the Apple TV 3.0 software update, you should immediately update to version 3.0.1. This prevents content from temporarily disappearing until it is resynced.

To update your Apple TV software:
1. Reboot your Apple TV (unplug the power cord and plug it back in)
2. Select Settings > General from the main menu
3. Select Update Software
4. Select Download and Install

Note: Your Apple TV will conduct a restart, which is followed by the Apple logo and a status bar.

For more information, please refer to Apple’s support article (TS3116) here.


  1. Content disappearing would not have affected me though. I have my old Powerbook pulling iTunes server duties with a 500GB hard drive attached. So all music and movies are streamed to the Apple TV.

  2. I just did the update. The only content that was left on my Apple TV was photos. All the movies, music and music videos were gone. I stream most of the time since I have the original 40 Gb model, anyway. iTunes is now re-syncing the music and music videos. I’m not bothering to sync the movies since it doesn’t hold enough. Streaming the movies is much more efficient. I wish I could connect a hard drive! Someday…

  3. I did the update without any issues. It “seems” to resolve another issue that 3.0 was giving me where the screen graphics would get garbled up a bit when I scanned down my music list. Seems to be resolved in 3.01. Anyone else had this issue?

  4. I’ve been having several issues since updating. I use the AppleTV everyday so I was very disappointed. I had actually been trying to figure out how to roll back to Version 2! Hope this fixes all of my issues!! Love the AppleTV!!

  5. Will do this tomorrow. My unit has been acting buggy since updating to 3.0. It will not consistently stay connected via wireless to my iTunes. Just today I was wondering if there was an update. Hopefully this will fix the buggy performance I’ve been experiencing.

  6. Since version 3.0, we’ve noticed some occasional video tearing at the bottom of the screen on some rented movies. Both HD and widescreen.

    Hope 3.0.1 fixes this..

    Other than that, we generally like the new direction of the interface.

  7. Nice QA, Apple! A real bang-up job! The YouTube viewer was buggy and crashed the AppleTV repeatedly, and now all my content is completely gone. What is this, a Microsoft product?!??

    Time to drag out the archive DVDs. Oh well, I guess there was nothing better I had to do for a couple of hours tomorrow. Grrrrrrrrr…

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