Appleinsider is reporting:
“Apple overnight released a minor software update for owners of its Apple TV set-top media box that has thus far been revealed to include a new Network Test function and improvements when using Apple Remote for iPhone.”
(Read all about it HERE)
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Apple has released an update for the AppleTV – 2.3
Get more info HERE
New features include:
AirTunes Streaming from Apple TV – Music can be streamed via AirTunes to Airport Express speakers or other Apple TVs in your house.
Third-party Remote Controls- Apple TV can now learn other remote controls and use them in addition to the Apple Remote.
Playlists in iTunes that contain Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, and Music Videos can now be seen on Apple TV.
Music Volume Control – Support for volume control in Music.
Boxee users should not upgrade….yet
Apple TV Gets an update – 2.2
According to Apple.com, here is what was updated:
HD TV shows-Purchase the leading HD TV shows directly from the iTunes Store. (US only)
Movie browsing by actor and director-Browse movies on the iTunes store by actor and director. Select “More” on the movie page and browse the actor and director list on the left to see other movies for that individual.
Chapter selection, alternate audio and subtitles-While playing a movie, press and hold Play/Pause to access chapter selection, alternate audio and subtitle display. The display shows the options available for the current movie.
Movie description-Press Up when playing a movie to display a description of that movie.
Genius playlists-To create a Genius playlist based on the currently playing song, press and hold Play/Pause to bring up the contextual menu and select Start Genius. Note: The Genius feature must first be enabled in iTunes 8.0.1 and synced with Apple TV.
On-The-Go playlists-To add the currently playing song to the On-The-Go playlist, press and hold Play/Pause to bring up the contextual menu and select Add To On-The-Go.
Music videos in playlists-Make playlists in iTunes combining your favorite music videos and songs. Play them back on Apple TV and let them play continuously.
Apple TV standby mode-From the main menu, press Play/Pause for about three seconds (or go to Settings > Standby)
I can’t wait to mess around with all the new goodies!
Apple TV 2.1 walkthrough
Today Apple released the 2.1 update for the Apple TV. The main new features of this update are MobileMe and support for Remote.app (Apple’s Remote application for iPhone/iPod touch users).
Telling readers what the update did is one thing, but showing is a completely different story, that’s why we went the extra mile to bring you a walkthrough of the new features in the 2.1 update. So check out our gallery of Apple TV 2.1 screenshots.
Tooble – Download Videos From YouTube To Your iPod, iPhone Or Apple TV | Cool OSX Apps
Tooble 0107 is a free application for OS X, that lets you browse, search and download any video from YouTube and put it on your iPod, iPhone, Apple TV or save them directly to your Mac. It converts YouTube videos to MP4 format and then sends them to iTunes, so that the next time you plug in your iPod, iPhone or Apple TV they are there for you to enjoy.
Tooble includes supports both Tiger and Leopard. You can also download a version for Windows (Windows NT, Windows XP or Vista).
NEW FEATURES IN THIS RELEASE
Better International Support
YouTube Categories Support
Many Bug Fixes
(Via coolosxapps .)
Apple TV: More Hype Than Content Adds Up to a Set-Top Flop
Video – Macintosh, iPod, iPhone: Apple has a knack for tapping into what consumers want from thier tech gadgets. So what happened with Apple TV, the Cupertino giant’s foray into the digital set-top-box market? Tech Ticker’s Henry Blodget and Silicon Alley Insider Apple analyst Dan Frommer talk about why Apple TV continues to flounder as competitors like Netflix, game console manufacturers, and cable providers close in.
See Video HERE
iTunes movies may actually be Apple TV loss leaders
Apple is reportedly paying more for its same-day-as-DVD iTunes movie releases than it charges customers. Apple likely isn’t worried though, as it believes that a loss on each movie downloaded will translate to increased sales of Apple TVs and other hardware.
(Via Ars Technica.)
AppleTV update: direct movie purchases, Top Sellers
Apple on Thursday quietly enabled its Apple TV set-top device, in the wake on this morning’s movie announcement, to allow owners of the device to purchase movies directly, without the use of a computer. iLounge reveals that the update was automatically applied, without needing an entire system upgrade. Apple also added a “Top Sellers” category to the “Top Movies” menu, which shows the most popular purchased titles.
Filed under Apple, Updates
iPhone is the most popular cameraphone on Flickr
Not only is the Apple iPhone the most popular phone for browsing the Internet, it is also the most popular phone for uploading pictures. Flickr, the world’s largest gallery of online pictures (by some accounts) rates the number of pictures uploaded by each type of camera phone. Guess who just passed the 5 megapixel Nokia N95 in terms of percentage of users? Yep, the 2 megapixel iPhone…
The results tabulated below show that the iPhone has steadily pulled ahead of the top Nokia and Sony Ericsson Phones over the course of the past year. One would expect this lead to dramatically increase once a 3G iPhone is released (faster native uploads).
The results are pretty impressive given that the iPhone isn’t even a year old and the specs on the camera are considered by many to be underpowered.
(Via Seth Weintraub’s blog.)
Apple TV offers limited internet radio support
Apple TV Source notes that the latest 2.0.2 update makes internet radio work a little better with the Apple TV. Basically you can play internet radio streams on the Apple TV if you have it synced to an iTunes computer with a playlist containing the streams. Before the update the source computer had to be on for this to work. Now, however, the Apple TV will retain the playlist even without the iTunes computer until it is restarted (it will retain the playlists even if put to sleep). The original post has complete instructions.