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Apple's shelf warmer
, February 18, 2008
To state it clearly: I like Apple. But let's face it: They create products and their first thought seems to be: how can we make loads of money? After that they add a dash of design and try to sell it.
Okay you think? No. They should sometimes ask what the user wants. Consequently this device has a cool design and is set up to earn loads of money whith it, because it is connected to iTunes and you can buy flicks and music.
Has it ever come to their mind that I do not want an additional device in my stereo rack? I want less of them.
So here are the devices they should have replaced:
- mission accomplished. Throw your CDs in the computer. Get them ripped using iTunes. Sync and you're done.
- failed. There is no way to listen to (internet) radio.
One update on this (04/03/2008): You can stream internet radio from iTunes to AppleTV, but AppleTV needs to be idle and you need to trigger this from you Mac/PC. You cannot trigger this in AppleTV.
There have been reports that internet radio appeared in playlists on Apple, but the discussions on Apple's formums imply that it only works occasionally.
- failed. Sure, you can buy movies and even some TV shows on iTMS. But why pay for something that is on TV anyway. And what about the stuff that is not in their shop. So you will still need your VCR or HD recorder.
- failed. There is no (legal and fast) way to view your DVDs on your appleTV. Actually a simple DVD Player would have done. But it seems that then it is too similar to the Mac mini. But the Mac mini is first of all a computer and not a media center. And apart from this: The Mac mini option is too expensive.
From my point of view this is 1 out of 4, which is not enough to make this a successful product. And the competitors are quite active. If Apple does not act to meet the expectations of most customers this will end like their PDA and game console. You do not know these devices? See. That's what I mean.