The latest analyst guesswork puts a potential iTV announcement just around the corner in March:
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- Not for me. They will ask me to buy Mac and iPhones and apples flash drive to work with it. Make an account on iTunes to buy music. Quicktime to watch movies. I am not gonna spend money on something that won't work with products I like and works with products that manufacturers seems fit.Feb 14, 2013
- QuickTime is free for Windows and Macintosh. So is iTunes.
As for the trouble to 'make an account', you did it here in order to write a comment in the first place, so what is the big deal?
Hundreds or more accessories are made by manufacturers to fit with the portable iTunes player, iPod and its phone/computing counterparts, iPhone and iPad.
I do not see the problems you are saying that you feel exist.Feb 14, 2013
- Apple has had an extremely inexpensive AppleTV product for watching TV shows and movies, listening to music, etc. on your HDTV set out for half a decade. Analysts continue to forget to mention that.
While they are doing that, they obsess over the fact that Apple does not make a television set, while ignoring you can go out and buy an inexpensive little device (EyeTV) from El Gato that plugs into your Mac's USB port and gives it a TV receiver, turning it into a big television set.
The EyeTV also provides a way to monitor record your TV shows using a schedule you set up and maintain. That lets you record shows that air when you are asleep or away instead of missing them. It is far easy to use than VCRs. It not only makes your Mac into a TV but a DVR as well.
You use this device through a Macintosh application that comes with it. They also make an iOS application available for playing back the shows and watching the live TV on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.Feb 14, 2013
- I know that. But I don't like to use them. I like VLC and Zune and spider. I have an account for downloading music from a different service. I don't like to scatter my preferences. May be you are ok with using it, but am not. I don't like iPhones or iPads. Very limited functionality. Why should Apple ask me to buy iPhone or Mac to work with their TV? Yes, there are lots of accessories for other phones too. They use standards and which is good. My device won't become obsolete just because they changed their connector whimsically. Once they had the chance to use micro USB which is standard and ironically, supported by Apple on International forums. My friend bought a dock before he bought iPhone 5. Think about the money wasted. All of my devices / docks / accessories play well with each other, irrespective of the fact that they are from different manufacturers unlike Apple products. So, A BIG NO. My opinion. You are happy with their products. Feel free to buy them. Its your money.Feb 14, 2013
- Let the disruption begin.Feb 14, 2013
- I know that. I mentioned the El Gato TV receiver device in my comment; does sort of the opposite of Apple TV.
I tried some TV receiver devices for Windows. More work. Involved circuit boards, higher cost, became incompatible as soon as new version of Windows came out so they were quickly obsolete. And they were kind of pricy.
However, the Apple device is only $99 which is less than the price of grinding down a dozen horsemeat-or-whatever meals at your favorite burger joint.
A friend has one and totally loves it. He has been an enthusiastic owner/user of one for a couple of years.Feb 14, 2013