This thread is a useful warning to anyone who wants to have some control over how they use their equipment vs. what Apple think they ought to be allowed to do
PS Fanbois, talk to the hand!
Yes a 10 minute bit of jailbreaking and install of some additional software which retains all the ease and functionality that Apple provides is a real warning...yawn!
Qnap would be better since their software now supports the Lion architecture and they have a dedicated iTunes server mode, which means you don't need to have your macbook running to stream music around your house
Sorry, that's not the case. iTunes Server just means the music stored on the NAS will appear under a copy of iTunes in the Shared section. It won't allow you to stream music to an Airport Express / Apple TV without a full blown copy of iTunes running on a Mac or PC. See here for full details from QNAP.
Thanks for correcting.
The Qnap seem to be good although a little pricier than other NAS devices. Or is this because it has the itunes server built in where others do not??
It looks like the Qnap Server function wont actually solve your problem, take a look at this article here: http://www.qnap.com/pro_features_iTunes.asp
As an alternative, maybe take a look at the Buffalo LinkStation on Amazon, 2TB NAS for £120 (including the drive).
You have different solutions to your problem based on whether you jailbreak or not: What version ATV do you have (is it silver or black)?
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From the look of it, Paul's suggestion is the way to go - Firecore have a version for the black ATV2 (clicky). I seem to remember Mr John Duncan got aTV flash for his older 1st Gen Apple TV and not all functions worked, but I think the ability to use a NAS with it was one that did...
Firecore will allow you to connect to a nas drive, check the firecore web page for TC compatibility (99% certain you can).
Time Capsule specifically mentioned here so should be fine.
So download and install Firecore for my black new style @tv for the princely sum of $29.95... Sounds too easy
Anyone see any probs with this plan??
If you're worried about spending the money, the FAQ page confirms you get 15 days to try it out so you can always claim a refund (clicky):
It sounds great, but I'd like to try it first. Do you have a trial version?Unfortunately we don't have a trial version, but we do offer a 15-day 'test drive' period. If for any reason you're not satisfied just let us know within 15 days and we'll get you a full refund.
No profhat, not worried about the money, seems very easy though..
Will have a read up about it tonight!!
Thanks very much!!
You'll need to jailbreak the Apple TV first before installing Firecore. You'll need a micro-usb cable to connect the @TV to your computer. Check your Apple TV software. I updated to 4.4.4 and used these instructions to jailbreak.
Very straight forward, but be patient, the instructions don't mention that it takes a few minutes for @TV to reboot etc.
The Firecore page does include instructions on how to jailbreak using Seas0nPass as well (which actually look identical to the ones on your link!).
Yeah, I thought it ought to but I only spent 10 seconds looking and couldn't see it.
I have a solution for your HD movies and the fact you want to stream them from an ext hard-drive to ATV2...
Originally I wanted to do the same thing as you, have the TC as a storage device for my music and movies so I did exactly what you are doing (or have done!) and it worked fine for about a month then the whole drive crashed and I lost EVERYTHING. I would not recommend using TC as a storage device!
I figured there has to be a way for ATV to speak to an external drive and there is, through the TC on a jailbroken ATV with XBMC on it. So I then jailbroke the ATV2. I then connected my ATV2 via ethernet to my TC, and then my TC via USB to a 4TB external hard-drive with all my media on it. XMBC then picked up my TC and external hard-drive and I stream HD movies to it and it works like a dream. ATV2 must be connected by ethernet though to stream HD without a jitter. (Computer is not on for this). So, for movies this is the best solution I have and the user-interface on XMBC is gorgeous with really nice art-work and it is simple to use. Music on XMBC however is not working....yet.
Anyways just thought that might help but I'm afraid purchasing TC as a storage device was probably not the right thing to do, I learnt the hard way....
Thanks for that currently looking at jailbreaking my @tv with some software.... I could go down this route until i get a dedicated NAS. Why do you think your tc broke down?? Looking at firecore as this will look after the music as well. All is not lost with the tc 2tb of backup for £100ish as i needed a new router in the av room anyway, doesnt sound too bad. What was the outcome with your tc? Did apple look after you??
As you know by now the TC is not the ideal media serving device and neither is the Apple TV the ideal media playback device!
However you can Jailbreak the ATV2 and install XBMC (for free) which then opens up the Apple TV to enable playback from a NAS or TC.
Given your Pioneer receiver is DLNA compatable it makes sense, when you can afford it, to obtain a NAS that supports media streaming and DLNA. As others have suggested the Synology DS212j is a good idea as is the WD My Book Live (Duo) devices. A NAS that supports RAID 1 is a good idea as this ensures the data is duplicated in case of a hard drive failure (e.g. the DS212j has 2 internal disks and one is a mirror of the other.)
With a suitable NAS you can use a DLNA control App such as Kinsky on your ipad to select music and videos on your NAS and make them play back on your receiver or ATV2 via XBMC. Works really well and bypasses any iTunes issues! This also ensures you don't need a PC or Mac switched on to serve up media (as long as it is not protected).
At the moment the WD TV Live is probably better value if you have a media streaming NAS over the ATV2.
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