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.

Mail issues on ios4

If you value your email, you’re going to want to hold off on upgrading your iPhone to ios4. There are several posts (here and here) detailing issues that users are having with the Mail app on ios4. For myself, email has become unusable.

  • Often the mail icon will show that I have new mail, but when I open the app there is nothing there, even after hitting the refresh button.
  • After I delete email they’ll show back up again as unread.
  • I’ll often get a list of blank emails that I can’t do anything with.

Closing the Email app has no effect. The only thing that has helped so far is to double click the button to get to the quick switch screen, hold down the mail icon until they vibrate and the minus icon appears (I believe that this kills the background process), click the minus’ to close all running background processes. Once I do this Mail will begin to sync again. This leads me to believe that there are issues with communication between the background process and when you bring the app to the foreground.
I’m checking every day to see if Apple has pushed an update, but this was a pretty big bug to let slip into ios4.

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.

Posting from iphone

Getting ready for denise’s wedding shower. Jaimie was bathing Caitlin in the shower of the hotel room. Everything was going great until Maggie jumped into the tub to get the rubber ducky. Then we had a wet baby and a wet dog.
Tapping out text on the iPhone isn’t As bad as it first seems.I will try and post some pics and video from the event later.