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Apple Drops 40Gig AppleTV, and price of 160Gig Model.

Apple TV BannerLooks like the AppleTV is getting some attention after being ignored during the Music event Apple just hosted. Apple has done away with the 40Gig AppleTV and slashed the price of the 160Gig Model to US$229. Perhaps they are clearing inventory in preparation for a new AppleTV? It seams lately all other Apple Products have been getting all the love maybe we can look forward to a revision of the AppleTV.

Apple TV PriceWhatever apple ends up doing one thing is for sure they need a Software update, even if its only to add support for the new iTunes LP format. It would be nice to be able to browse all that new content on my Big Screen.

I know of several people that don’t understand the AppleTV but I love mine, what are your thoughts on apples Media device?

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Boxee openes up Alpha.

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Up till recently Boxee has been closed off for only testers to use, but Boxee has now opened up the Alpha testing so no more asking me for invites just head over to boxee.tv/join to get in on the wonderful world of Boxee.

Along with the announcement of the open Alpha Boxee has added some new features:

  • iPlayer support for UK users.
  • Joost
  • MTV Music
  • dual-screen support
  • Netflix improvements
  • Search feature added to Hulu

So far also note that Netflix only works on the Mac version of Boxee and not on the AppleTV so your set if your running on a Mac Mini, This is the one feature I’m waiting for =)

Also remember this is still in Alpha meaning its not finished yet. By all means don’t let that scare you away. Boxee is a wonderful application and works great even in its testing condition. but don’t expect everything to work flawlessly.

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HowTo: Getting boxee on your AppleTV

So you got yourself a AppleTV connected to your TV do ya, like having all your media at your fingertips? But what about sites like Hulu? Boy, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to watch all the movies on your TV? What if I told you you can? And on your AppleTV none the less?

Introducing boxee. Right now boxee is only available to Alpha testers as the software is still in Development, but if you know someone who is already in on the testing (*cough*me!) they can get you in on it as well, just leave a comment requesting one and if you give me a valid email when posting the comment I’ll invite you to the testing (you dont have to leave your email in the comment just enter it in teh email field and It will be kept private.)

atv-downloadBoxee was designed as a port of the XBMC, and was originally designed to work with Linix and OSX but guess what! the AppleTV’s Operating system is basically a version of OSX so yes you can run boxee on your AppleTV, I know I know, you dont want to get rild of the Front Row functionality, well gess what, you dont have to. Yep the boxee launcher is in a submenu on the stock interface so you get the best of both worlds.

so lets get started, you’ll need the following:

  1. A 512mb flash drive
  2. The latest version of the atvusb-creator.

atv-usb-creatorI know I know what a huge list, Back to the HaX0r Modification. go ahead and run the atvusb creator. MAKE SURE TO SELECT YOUR FLASH DRIVE and not that 1TB external disk with all your media on it. In fact before you go any further just unplug that disk, just so we dont format the wong disk. Yes you heard right format, meaning if you have anything important on that flash drive back it up before clicking the “Create Using” button (there are some more detailed instructions on creating the patchstick here). Okay so once we are sure we are writing to the Flash drive and not to your 1TB eternal drive go ahead and click the “Create Using” button. this will reformat your USB flash drive and copy all the necessary files for the AppleTV to boot from it.

ONWORD! Go unplug your AppleTV, yes now go! ok unpluged? now plug in the the patchstick you just created. ok the next part is really difficult you ready for this? Plug it back in, turn it on (Play/Pause button on the Apple Remote) and wait. yep that’s it, the rest is automated. Okay now whats going to happen is you’ll see a bunch of text as a Linux environment patches the AppleTV, eventually you’ll see text at the bottom asking you to reset your AppleTV, so unplug it again, yes now! Unplug the power, then the USB patchstick. Give it 10 seconds or so and go ahead and plug your AppleTV back in.

Almost done! Okay once the AppleTV boots back up you’ll see 2 new menus, the first XBMC/Boxee is the one you want, go ahead and click that, then go to update, and click “Boxee”, this will now automatically download and install the latest version of Boxee, after that finishes go ahead and launch boxee from teh XBMC/Boxee menu and log in (Comment asking for a key and I’ll invite you to the Alpha test).

Ok. now head over to the settings, and adjust the Settings -> Apperance -> Screen -> Video Calabration, and adjust the Overscan Calibration to match your TV, last step, Enjoy! your all done =)

*Interested in the larger version? Apple TV with 160GB Hard Drive – MB189LL/A

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iTunes, and Smart Playlists

smartplaylists1.pngAs I promised in my last post, here’s a quick walk-through on creating your own Smart Playlists for iTunes.

This is handy if you have an iPhone, but your music library is larger than 8Gigs. It works just as well with a Nano or any iPod smaller than your collection.

Your first step is to select “New Smart Playlist…” from the File Menu.

This will bring you to a new window with several options.smartplaylists2.png Next you’re going to want to make some selections.

For this example, I’m creating a playlist that contains the music I’ve listened to over the past 2 weeks. This playlist is real handy when you’re out and you want to listen to a song that came up in iTunes last night while you were home.

Assuming you sync’d your device before you left that is.

This Smart Playlist will contain that song, as well as everything else you’ve listened to over the past 2 weeks.

Another handy feature available allows you to limit the playlist to a fixed size, if you don’t want to fill up the entire device. Because I store movies and other goodies on my iPhone too, I have this list capped at 1Gig. (I’ll display my settings for this playlist later.)smartplaylists3.png

For this next drop down option, you’re going to want to select “is in the last” and then enter 1 month, 2 weeks, or whatever time frame you want this list to go backwards.

In the example image I used 1 month.For my own playlist, I use 2 weeks.

Finally, be sure that you have the “Live Updating” box checked. This ensures the playlist updates in real time. If you leave this box unchecked, it builds a static playlist that meets the criteria.

However, when you listen to new music, it doesn’t update the playlist. Instead it stays exactly the same as when it was created.

Live updating allows it to constantly update based on the music you’ve listened to recently.

Thats it! You have just created a simple Smart Playlist using iTunes.smartplaylists4.pngHere are the settings for the playlist I use.

I have a few more options set in order to prevent the my audio books and podcasts from appearing in this playlist. I use separate playlists to sync that content over.

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