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I Love My Apple TV

by Krista
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Sometimes you fall in love with things you don’t expect to. I never really wanted to fall in love with any Apple products. I spent too much time in college sitting in front of dinky Macs at the university newspaper, struggling to get QuarkXPress to do what I wanted it to do. I’ve physically and verbally abused a lot of Macs in my time.

But then I got an iPhone. And I loved it. (Although I HATE Vodafone UK for holding me hostage to my UK contract even though I don’t live in the UK anymore. But that’s another story.) And then I got an iPad, and I fell in love with it too. And I started to think that maybe these Apple folks were on to something.

This past weekend, I bought Apple TV. And I’m in love with Apple again. Call me a convert.

If you don’t know what Apple TV is, it’s this little box you see in the picture above. It seriously will fit in the palm of your hand. And it connects to your wireless network. And then it lets you stream all these great things through your TV.

Apple TV on the TV

Apple TV on the TV

So I can watch movies from iTunes, or maybe buy one off of Netflix. I can buy and watch TV shows. I can have a YouTube party. Or I can play all my music through my home stereo system by connecting to my iTunes library. Wirelessly. It’s awesome. I might never leave the house.

The only downside to Apple TV is the size of the remote, which I kept losing. Until I came up with my latest invention.

Apple TV Remote Control  Holder

Apple TV Remote Control Holder

Ingenious, isn’t it? And so handy if you’re thirsty too.

Apple TV can be purchased for $97.99 from Amazon.com. In the UK, you can also buy Apple TV from Amazon (prices start at £100.06) but you’ll need to review the different vendors on Amazon and pick the shipping option that works for you. Really, you should go out and buy it. You can have a lot of fun with it for just $100/£100. (Scary though that the UK box costs $155 though, huh? I wonder if you bought a US box if it would work in the UK?)

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Patrick January 6, 2011 - 7:22 am

I’m sure you already know this but you can use Apple’s ‘Remote’ app on your iPhone to control Apple TV too.

Krista January 6, 2011 - 7:55 am

Good point! I will try to add a screenshot of that tonight. (Would do it sooner but I need to get my camera to take a picture of my iPhone. Unless someone knows how to take a screenshot of your iPhone while you’re using it?)

Patrick January 7, 2011 - 4:31 am

Yep hold down the home button and then push the screen lock button and it will save an image to your camera roll.

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Lee January 6, 2011 - 9:08 am

First, at least tie it to Veuve Clicqot Krist. Second, once again it is cheaper to wait and get things in America. We bought our Apple TV there. Third, what are you downloading? Post after a month and write the top things you’ve downloaded. We love getting whole series of the Amazing Race and shot-gunning them!
And fourth, yes you can use other apple remotes which is a problem because when Matt hits play on the Apple TV remote sometimes the song on his laptop on itunes starts playing!

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