Apple TV - have I made a mistake...?
All I've just made a very instinctive purchase and ordered a Apple TV2 off Amazon (£85 for those of you that are interested). Problem is I'm not sure why!
Currently I have an old PC sat upstairs with all my music and photos on. I currently don't store any movies, but this may change. This PC runs iTunes on it, and I stream my music to my hifi using an AEX which is a 'client' (is that the right word) to my wireless router. I have an external drive that I use to back up my important files. I am very close to chopping in my PC and getting myself fully immersed into the world of Apple (probably a imac and an ipad - or a macbook pro). During this 'upgrade' I will be looking to store my music & photo files on an external drive, and naturally aim towards a Time Capsule. I was hoping transfer my files from my external drive to the TC and then run the apple products 'free' of hd-filling files. I'm sure this won't be as simple as I hope - but that's another thread.
Anyway, I was hoping that I could purchase the TC, transfer the data and use it as a kind of 'NAS' device where I could stream music, access files etc from any 'Apple' product in the house (iphone/pad/mac/tv). This appears not to be the case.... Once I've set up the ATV and synced it to itunes, I'm still going to have to have the computer ON in order to stream music/photos etc? Is there anything the ATV will be able to do that WILL NOT require the computer to be on? Is this likely to change in the future.
I'm clearly no IT wizard, but surely the end game is to have everything on an external wireless drive that you can access with any piece of equipment it is paired to within your home!? Why do have to have a PC/Mac on (with iTunes installed and open) in order to access files that are stored on your TC (or other storage device)???? Can someone help? Just as important, have I made a mistake in forking out £85? (I appreciate I should have done my research prior to purchase!)