“In my experience, when it comes to home media centers, there are two main camps and an outlier. In the main camps are the uber-geeks who want to build everything from the ground up and those who go with a gaming console or one of a myriad of inexpensive devices that plugs in to a TV and plays files in a wide range of digital formats. And then there are the outliers, of which I am one: the AppleTV people. Santa dropped off another of Steve Jobs’ hobby boxes under our Christmas tree this year and I couldn’t be happier,” Brad Moon reports for Wired.
“Those who scoff at the AppleTV as being a closed system or too simplistic are missing the point. You don’t typically pick up one of these things as a standalone media center; it would be next to useless compared to the alternatives. However, if you’re already reasonably committed to an Apple universe -in particular, use of iTunes for media management, iPod(s) and an Apple computer of some description- then the AppleTV isn’t taking the easy way out so much as an taking advantage of a well honed multimedia ecosphere. Everything just works (mostly), and that appeals to the systems design geek in me much more than constructing a box myself ever would,” Moon reports.
“There’s also something inherently cool about buying a piece of hardware that has continually expanded its capabilities over the past few years through software updates instead of leaving early adopters behind with multiple new hardware iterations,” Moon reports. “And for someone without cable, the ability to buy and rent movies and TV shows on demand is extremely useful… And if the rumors that have been flying around about Apple offering subscription TV services pan out, it may be even get even better.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]