Apple TV 2

July 28, 2011


Well, I have yet to have a post talking about technology other than ebooks. To remedy this, I have decided to talk about a finding that I just made. Today, I will be talking about the Apple TV 2G and getting the one thing that the first generation had into it.

What is the Apple TV? Basically, the Apple TV is a HTPC. It allows you to watch video that is contained in digital files or streaming from the Internet. People have been doing this kind of thing for a while now, even before the Apple TV made its first debut. All that needed to be done was to connect a computer, such as a laptop or a mid/mini-tower, to a television and set things up to automatically download via bittorrent or one could open a web browser for the entertainment. The main difference though is that much of its content comes through iTunes or applications for the device and it does not have a web browser.


When the Apple TV originally launched, it had the ability to stream content and it had an internal storage medium to hold digital files. However, when the Apple TV 2 launched it did not have a medium to store things on the device. There is supposedly 8 GB of storage, but that is probably used by applications, thus is unusable by the user. Many people are talking about this online and hate this fact. So, the question is how does one get storage for the Apple TV 2, when it is impossible to open?

Necessary items:

  • Apple TV 2
  • NAS device (preferably Apple's Time Capsule)

For now, this post will assume that the user does have the Apple TV 2. As was mentioned already, the Apple TV has no usable storage for digital files, so one needs to take advantage of its streaming capabilities by using an NAS device. While it is possible to make external hard drives accessible through use of a machine being designated as the server, it does not eliminate the need for iTunes. Some people may be fine with this, but iTunes lists some shows as untitled, if they were brought over via DVD, which it did not do in earlier versions. Because of this fact, some users will definitely want to eliminate the need for iTunes. However, the only way to truly be able to use the Apple TV 2 without iTunes is Apple's Time Capsule. Time Capsule was mainly created for backup purposes, but now that the Apple TV no longer has a hard drive, it is the only thing that can store files for use with the device. Time Capsule makes it so that iTunes is unnecessary for streaming.

Wait, you said that NAS devices still needed iTunes, but then you say Time Capsule does not? Surprisingly, this is not a contradiction of statements. The details of Time Capsule does say that it works with Apple TV, but the device itself does not have a full version of any of the two Operating Systems that supports iTunes, which means it cannot have iTunes on the device itself, but a way of sharing via the same protocol used by iTunes. Now, this may be giving you guys some kind of idea to find a server that uses that protocol, but the closest thing(s) I have come across does not support video, which is mostly the reason why people look at getting the Apple TV. If all one wants is audio streamed from the television, one could just hook it up to the right ports on the television, but people will most likely use speakers other than those featured on televisions. Time Capsule most likely uses something to media via a protocol iTunes understands.

There is the solution to having a storage medium for the Apple TV, so one can have the benefits of both Apple TV 1 and Apple TV 2.

What you do think of my solution, reasoning, and/or explanation in this post? Feel free to comment.

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