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    Older version of Mac mini buying??
    Hello all new to this forum and had a little look around the site.

    Right I have 2 x Apple TVs in the house and are run of my windows laptop with extranal hard drive which stores all my iTunes media.

    Looking at getting a used cheap Mac mini model anything from 2004 onwards I.e cheap ones.

    Would a cheap model be ok to run only my iTunes around the house and with using my hard drive for the media?

    Sometimes I take my laptop to work so kids can't watch Apple TV.

    Hope you guys understand what I'm after,
    Cheers
    Craig

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cardifftomo View Post
    Looking at getting a used cheap Mac mini model anything from 2004 onwards I.e cheap ones.

    Would a cheap model be ok to run only my iTunes around the house and with using my hard drive for the media?

    Sometimes I take my laptop to work so kids can't watch Apple TV.
    I believe that you want to get at least an "Intel" Mac-Mini. The older G4 Mac-Mini's really aren't as capable. And as far as the Intel Mac-Mini's...I would at least get a Core 2 Duo model.

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    Thanks for that pigoo3. Gives me an idea when looking, will I need the mouse and key pad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cardifftomo View Post
    ...will I need the mouse and key pad?
    I would think so. How else will you navigate & input stuff??

    Now if your question really was...do you need an Apple keyboard & mouse?...no. Just about any USB mouse & keyboard will work. But...with an Apple keyboard...you do get the additional functionality of the "specialty keys" on the keyboard (volume control, brightness control, mute, optical drive eject, etc.).

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    Haha cheers mate lol, yeah wanted to know if if was only apple lol

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    I wanted to mention...that if all you needed this Mac-Mini for was to play iTunes stuff (music & maybe videos)...the older & cheaper G4 Mac-Mini's may get the job done.

    But when it comes to interfacing with an Apple TV and streaming "stuff" from the internet...a newer Core 2 Duo Intel Mac-Mini is what you want. This is because of more cpu and graphics "horsepower"...as well as hardware & OS compatibility you get with newer Intel Mac-Mini's.

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    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
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    Ok thanks, that's all it would be used got is iTunes for movies around the house with Apple TV, I guess it's a point of you get what you pay for, and looking at around 150 for an used Intel one.

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