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    Apple TV vs Mac mini
    What would be the better way to get my iTunes content over to the big screen, Mac Mini or Apple TV?

    Here’s a handy table comparing the two products (information on the Apple TV was found at Ars Technica citing AppleInsider).
    Apple TV :
    Price: $299
    Audio Output : HDMI, optical audio, analog RCA stereo audio
    Hard Drive: 40GB
    CD/DVD: None
    Processor: 1.0GHz Pentium underclocked on a 350MHz bus
    RAM: 256MB of 400MHz DDR2
    Software (selected): Apple TV interface (modified Front Row)
    Video RAM : nVidia G72M with 64MB DDR2 Video Memory
    Wireless Features: 802.11b, g, n
    Weight: 2.4lbs
    Video Output: HDMI, component video

    Mac mini:
    Price: $599
    Audio Output: Combined optical digital audio output/headphone out
    Hard Drive: 60GB
    CD/DVD: Combo Drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
    Processor: 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo
    RAM:512MB (Video RAM shares this RAM)
    Software (selected): Mac OS X, iLife, Front Row
    Video RAM: Intel GMA 950 graphics processor with 64MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory
    Wireless Features: 802.11b, g and Bluetooth 2.0
    Weight: 2.9lbs
    Video Output: DVI, VGA with included adapter, S-Video and composite video with optional adapter

    I am sure there are more considerations to ponder in making your decision, but if you get lost or confused just ask yourself, “What do I want to do with this thing?” Once you know the use of the product, you may have a clearer idea of what to chose.

    Well, what should you get?

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    Your best bet is to wait until the AppleTV comes out and people have had a chance to mess with it and tell us what it does good and bad. Making a decision based on an unknown quanity is a foolish decision.


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    Mac mini

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    well, the mac mini is also a computer / mac at the same time where as the apple tv isnt
    however the price difference between them is quite noticeable... double if i may add
    also take note that mac mini doesnt support wireless 'n' whereas apple tv does

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    mac mini bcoz of the optical drive.

    I can do away with my dvd player.
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    mac mini (optical audio and DVI video), plus its a computer with DVD drive!

    Hook it up to a receiver, and you can upconvert it to HDMI
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    Mac Mini vs Apple TV
    It seems like a "Yes and" answer to me. Connect the Apple TV to your network and television, connect the Mac Mini to the network and thus the Apple TV. Fill up a massive Hard Drive with whatever media you want & connect to the Mini. Use the optical drive massive Hard Drive connected to the Mini through to the TV using Apple TV. Any friends can come over and share directly to Apple TV or dump to the massive Hard Drive on the Mac Mini. Wireless keyboard & mouse makes this a lazy geek's dream come true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyman View Post
    well, the mac mini is also a computer / mac at the same time where as the apple tv isnt
    however the price difference between them is quite noticeable... double if i may add
    also take note that mac mini doesnt support wireless 'n' whereas apple tv does

    I am not sure if the core duo Mac Mini supports wireless n but, wireless n is only really beneficial for file transfer - also, it is only going to work if all devices connected to the router are n capable.

    As soon as a lower speed device (such as g) is connected to the same router, the overall speed gets reduced because its running in a multi speed environment.

    So, if you already have any computers that are below n, the n factor should not be an issue at all.
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    unless of course you just create a network between two macs, then the router doesnt matter

    this is my plan with a new mini, hopefeully they get N. ill just leave it on its own network, and when i turn my MBP on in the other room connect to it if i wanna transfer files.
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    sorry to dig up an old thread, but Im torn between the too also.

    Im using a 61' 1080p tv and would like to know if a mac mini or a apple tv will be the best route.

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    You can't rent HD movies through iTunes on a Mac. It only works on a Apple TV from what I was told.

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    I'm pretty sure you can rent a movie on your mac. I just opened itunes and tried to rent Mr. Brooks and everything went fine, but I didn't finish as I've seen the movie already.

    1. I'm not certain Mac Mini's will support a television that large, whereas the TV will.

    2. It all depends what you are wanting to do with your media device. If you are just wanting to get your itunes content to you tele then no better and simpler way that the TV. But if you are wanting to edit documents, surf the web, check email, etc. then it might be wise to get a mac mini. Oh yeah, the price of the TV's just went down too.

    Good Luck with your decision.

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    The mini will support a 1080p TV just fine. You will be able to rent movies and such on the mini, just not HD content. Front Row with Leopard supports a lot of formats if you have the codec. AppleTV doesn't from my knowledge.

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    I know before the update, the specs on the Apple TV read it supported 720p, now with the new update, does it actually push out 1080p? If so then Im sold!

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    Still 720p.

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