32GB or 64GB? How to pick the perfect Apple TV for you

“The new Apple TV — technically Apple’s fourth-generation set top box — comes in two models with two different flash storage tiers: 32 GB and 64 GB,” Rene Ritchie writes for iMore. “That’s because the new Apple TV also comes with an App Store and a way to download software, including games. So, is 32 GB enough for you to save a few bucks, or do you really need to spend a little more and double down on 64 GB?”

“Apple never wants you to try to download an app, find out your Apple TV storage is full and have to tell you to delete apps or content before trying your download again. So, they’re using ‘on-demand resources’ for the Apple TV to intelligent manage the local storage on your behalf,” Ritchie writes. “If you only ever play a few games, use a few apps, and watch a few movies or shows at a time, 32 GB of storage should be enough to keep what you need local. If you play a lot of games, use a lot of apps, and watch a lot of movies and shows at a time, you’ll want 64 GB.”

The all-new Apple TV with Siri remote and Apple TV App Store
The all-new Apple TV with Siri remote and Apple TV App Store

“Another point to consider is how much bandwidth you have. Apple TV will cache content on the flash storage, so if your bandwidth is low, you won’t have to worry about re-streaming or re-downloading content you use frequently,” Ritchie writes. “The more storage you have, the more room you have to cache that content.”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’re firmly in the bigger is better, 64GB-just-to-be-safe camp.


        1. Obviously Apple TV is not for you. Why would you need a USB drive when you can stream directly from movies stored in iTunes on your computer? I’ve been doing that for years. And these movies don’t have to be from the iTunes store. A lot of mine were ripped from my DVDs.

            1. Fine. Do that, but the Apple TV doesn’t need to be morphed into something that is all things to all people just because you go places where you can’t stream. Apple skates to where the puck is going, not where it has been. When I travel, I fill up my iPad with movies.

            2. I have 3TB of movies. I like to choose what I want at that time, not need to know ahead of time.

              Secondly, in home streaming is fine, internet streaming is expensive, slow, unreliable, and wasteful. I’m not saying don’t stream, just don’t rule out local media.

              Finally, would it have hurt anything if the gizmo could read a drive from a USB port? I’m repurposing my 2011 Mac Mini for this instead of Apple TV for all these reasons.

  1. I am not the only one with this question.

    If it’s anything like how we used our Wii, then 32GB is not a problem. If it’s anything like our other gaming system (name withheld) then, why isn’t there a 250GB option?

  2. Would someone distinguish what is free with an Apple TV purchase and what has to be subscription? $6.99 just for one NBC channel…I don’t think so. If I have to subscribe to all the channels they offer, it will be $1,000 a month.
    What do you get just to try it out without any subscriptions?

    1. Most of the TV apps – ABC, NBC, Fox – let you watch some older shows (like the last few weeks’ worth or more) without a subscription, though you may need to log in using your cable subscriber account first to prove that you’ve got a cable TV subscription. The recently-added CBS app is an exception; it looks like you need a subscription to view any of the content at all. (Boo CBS.) In our family’s case, we pay for Netflix and HBO Now and have more than enough show watching options.

      1. 4K TVs are increasingly affordable. More and more are getting them now. Apple has already demonstrated support for 4K. So, don’t fire TC, but this is a legitimate issue. The thing is, I would not be surprised if Apple opens it up in the not too distant future. I’m sure full support will be coming.

    1. Apple TV is very capable of doing 4k, hdmi 1.4 is capable of 4k and so is the A8. If and when 4k becomes worth it for streaming, then apple will simply turn it on.

      1. If you are right (and I wish you were), then Apple has a disastrous marketing task ahead of them. The Apple TV is going up against competing devices which offer greater capability and better prices, with all the same 3rd party content/”apps”. All the set top units released this year offer 4K resolution, and every decent television sold in stores offers 4K resolution. Apple is two steps behind the market.

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