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Apple TV vs. XBOX 360
I'm in the market to buy a device to stream content. I want all your opinions. Should I buy the new apple tv, or an xbox 360? I go back and forth on whether or not I'll actually play video games, but the plus side is that it can play dvds.
- 12-06-2010, 07:06 PM #2
- 12-06-2010, 07:21 PM #3
- 12-06-2010, 10:07 PM #4
Well, days before maybe I'll choose Xbox, but now as AirPlay is an easy way to stream digital media from the iPad to an Apple TV, and also bcz the Apple TV can already access iTunes, more I have got the iFunia iPad video suite for my videos and movies wathcing on the go, so Iwould like to choose the series of apple products, use iPad and Apple TV together~~
- 12-07-2010, 04:06 AM #5
- 12-07-2010, 09:39 AM #6
I'd say it really depends if you are heavily invested in Apple or Windows. If you have a Mac then your Xbox will stand alone. Yes it can do a lot more than the AppleTV but with a PC it does even more. The Xbox does everything an AppleTV can do and lots more.
One of it's strongest features IMO is when combined with Windows Media Center and a TV tuner. No more paying for an HD cable box when your PC has it's own guide and can record TV, then just stream it to your Xbox.
The only real downside is to get all of the bells and whistles you need Xbox LIVE which is $60/year. You can normally find a year subscription card online for less though. With that though you get online gaming, voice chat, ESPN3, etc. Really the only thing the Xbox can't do is play Blu-rays.
- 12-07-2010, 02:32 PM #7iPhone Intermediate
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I have both but as I play fewer and fewer games I turn my xbox on less and less. I rarely have time for anything other than the occasional NCAA football game. I still use it to stream Netflix and watch DVDs but I find that I'm using the AppleTV more and more to watch Netflix simply because the menu is quicker to get to and the xbox has a lot of other stuff I don't care about in the way. I do prefer the xbox set up of Netflix over the AppleTV though. I really appreciate the percentage watched guide. Sometimes I have noticed the AppleTV Netflix to not recognize where I am in a TV series.
It's funny though because I never streamed digital media through the xbox from my laptop, but now I use my AppleTV to stream digital copies of DVDs all the time. I think it's because I never cared for Windows media player, although I don't think all that highly of iTunes either, but it is the lesser evil I suppose. It might help that I can sync the same files to my iPhone through iTunes too.
All that paired with the $60 xbox live subscription made me vote for the AppleTV
- 12-08-2010, 09:05 AM #8
You don't use Windows Media player to stream. You use Media center or Zune software both of which are much nicer. In fact now that I think about I think it specifices you can't use WMP to stream to an Xbox.
- 12-08-2010, 12:48 PM #9
Xbox if you want to be able to purchase content, store it, and view it later. As stated in ealier post, Windows Media Center, let's you do a lot of what Air Play does from a PC. So in theory you could *LEGALLY* rip your content to your PC and stream to your Xbox. Plus the ability to play a game, should the mood ever strike, not too bad.
If all you're looking to do is stream your iPad's iTunes on your TV, then just go with APPLE TV.
- 12-08-2010, 01:53 PM #10
- 12-08-2010, 03:04 PM #11
Xbox 360 hands down cause it does more then apple tv but a WD TVHD live media is a better streamer. The WD TV Live Community – WD TV Live Plus - Main Page
Xbox simply provides nearly all the functionality and more. you get games, stream from your desktop, more formats then apple tv, stream netflix, espn 3, facebook, twitter. Appletv is basically just a netflix streamer and a way to buy stuff off of Apple. I personally have never bought music of videos from itunes so its' just not useful. Nor can apple tv stream the majority of the content stored on my 1.5 terabyte hard drive.
Personally, i have xbox 360 for only for gaming now And use a WD tv HD live media cause it does all that xbox does and way more, 1080p, mkv, files over 4GBs, dts, Mp4, supports .iso, .ts, avi, divx, streams netflix. And i'd buy a WD TVHD way before i bought an apple tv because it just does way way more formats.
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- 12-08-2010, 03:05 PM #12
- 12-08-2010, 03:09 PM #13iPhone Newbie
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My Xbox does EVERYTHING. I don't have any other devices connected to my TV except my Xbox.
I use it for Games, netflix, play DVD's, Facebook, Twitter, ESPN, streaming movies from my NAS, Using Playon to watch TV shows/Movies through Hulu, etc. And now I just had it setup as my Uverse receiver so I can watch my Uverse TV and control my DVR from it.
And Xbox Marketplace seems to be very up to date and we rent movies on there all the time.
- 12-08-2010, 03:27 PM #14
- 12-08-2010, 03:28 PM #15
Plus I use Rivet (Rivet – Stream media from your Mac to your devices – The Little App Factory) and it let's me play all my content from my Mac to my Xbox. Music, pictures, video, movies. It will hook up to iTunes and iPhoto and you can also specify directories for it to find media. I have a Drobo that hold all my "legally ripped" movies and tv shows and Rivet streams those all perfect from the Drobo to my 360, with their intact folder structure.
Mac+Rivet to the Xbox 360 makes the connectivity between a Windows machine and the Xbox look clunky and out dated.
I have an Apple tv as well that we keep in the bedroom, it's nice but Airplay is pretty lame in this iteration and Netflix is dog-slow on the aTV.
The 360 is more robust and has killer features, I'm a huge gamer and I'll bet only half of my time on the 360 is for gaming that's how useful of a media center it is.
Also spend the $300 and get the new Xbox with the built-in WiFi and 250GB HDD, the $200 model comes with a lame 4GB flash drive.
Send me an email or PM if you have questions.
- 12-08-2010, 03:32 PM #16
- 12-08-2010, 03:33 PM #17
It think really does come down to if you game or not. If you have no interest in gaming and want just streaming then go apple tv, if you see yourself or family gaming now or in the future then go gaming console which, in my opinion, the PS3 holds the crown.
As a Apple TV, 360, wii and PS3 HTPC/Gaming PC owner, my "what I use the most" roll call goes: PS3, HTPC, Apple TV Wii, 360.
Then again, I game a lot. If I did not, the PS3 and HTPC would b neck and neck, then the apple tv and wii, then 360.
It's funny actually, I have HTPC and still find myself using my PS3 over that for streaming, just for the simple UI and convenience. You can use it for Gaming in full HD up to 7.1, Netflix in full HD up to 5.1 , Blu-rays, DVD's, #d movies and Gaming, Motion Gaming, a built in web browser for Facebook, Twitter, TiPB, ESPN, everything web based really, buy / rent movies over the PSN network (free) you can stream your network movies (MKV, AVI, etc..) images and music with PS3 media server (free), really, just about everything the Apple TV, 360, wii and HTPC/Gaming PC can do sans a few things here or there.
It's my "all in one" media server winner by a mile.
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- 12-08-2010, 03:35 PM #18
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- 12-08-2010, 03:54 PM #22
- 12-08-2010, 03:58 PM #23
I'm not here to get in a pissing match. I bought a 360 (20GB) and PS3 (20GB) both the days they launched. And other than a few PS3 only games (MGS4, Uncharted, LBP) I never used and sold it. The system updates on the PS3 took no less than 30 minutes up to a hour over my 12Mbps connection to download and install, compared to my 360 with takes maybe 3 minutes to download, install, and reboot. Trying to get media to stream to the PS3 was like pulling teeth from a Mac or PC. It was easier to install Linux that stream media to the damn thing. Once I finally the did, it was choppy and the controls were awful.
Great no disc anymore for Netflix? Welcome to Xbox 2 years ago. Yes Xboxes used to have a high fail rate, but not anymore ever since the 'Jasper' MoBo's no more RRoD.
I'm not saying some people might not like the PS3, but if you're looking for ease-of-use I don't know how anyone could recommend the PS3 over the 360. To me: the Xbox 360 is equal to the iPhone. Yeah it's more of a closed off system but **** just works better and easier (streaming, online play). And the PS3 is more like an Android device. Built for the "tinkerer" and modder, someone whom likes to get their hands dirty.
- 12-08-2010, 04:02 PM #24
You're joking right? 360s are cheaply made pieces of crap. If the motherboard doesn't go out on you, the cheapo CD tray will. Xbox has Halo and Left 4 Dead, that is about it.
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- 12-08-2010, 04:14 PM #25
P.S. This is just my personal take on your diatribe and nothing to do with this topic (I guess?), but nice try trying to say a Microsoft product is like an Apple product, high comedy my friend!
P.S.S. OP, maybe you should just go with an apple TV just to avoid any of these type conversations! HA!
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