Vaidehi got me the Apple TV as a birthday gift. I like it a lot so far.
As you’d expect, it works very, very well for movies and music. The picture quality is great. Vimeo, and its wonderful library of short films, is particularly enjoyable to watch from the couch. And that’s also because I tend to browse Vimeo, rather than use the search. YouTube is different. But since you can use an iOS device as a remote, typing really is a non-issue. I only had to enter my wifi password and Apple ID details during setup, before I got the remote app set up on my phone.
Talking about setup, it was a breeze. I’m using iTunes Match, all my music showed up ready to play on the device a few minutes after I enter my Apple ID. Unfortunately, my podcasts didn’t which was strange. That’s probably coming soon. But currently, Airplay doesn’t let them run in the background either.
Airplay is lovely though. When games take advantage of mirroring (like The Incident), the result can be a lot of fun. The choices for content on the Apple TV is quite limited, and Airplay helps a lot here. There are a couple of movies I’ve been meaning to watch but even within the iTunes store, the selection in this part of the world tends to be meager. Hope that improves and tv shows get here sooner too.
Regardless, since I am already invested in iTunes and iOS devices, it’s been well worth it for me.