Streaming music on the appleTV

I just stumbled across a little feature on the appleTV that I hadn’t been aware of before. It appears that if you create a playlist in the iTunes library that the appleTV is connected to. Then put streaming urls into that playlist. When you then go the internet tab on the appleTV, there will be a playlist menu item with those items in it. This way you should be able to get whichever streaming media that you want on your appleTV.

Apple Tv Update

appletvApple just revved the software version of AppleTV up to version 3.0. There are a fair number of UI changes with this release and the layout seems to make a lot more sense now. The thing I like the most though is the inclusion of streaming radio from the internet. I can now get streaming DigitallyImported during the day, WOOHOO. You used to be able to do this by using the AppleTV as a remote set of speakers instead of playing directly off of the AppleTV. This made it a complete pain to control with the remote though.

It’s going to take a little more testing to see how well the update went. It just so happened that at the same time that the update came out I was upgrading the home wifi network (big changes coming there that I’ll talk about shortly). With the network upgrade I had to disconnect and reconnect the AppleTV to iTunes. This required a re-sync of all of the files. As this was taking place video on the AppleTV was getting a bit of video stutter, but it could be that it was just overwhelmed from the file transfers. Once things calm down a bit I’ll take another look at the video.