Skip to main content

Hacked AppleTV Rocks XBMC


As many of you might know, I have a huge dislike for Apple, that stems back to my youth when I first started learning to program on an Apple II. Since those early days, my dislike has grown, but not because of their products, but more the companies hypocritical views. You see, in 1984, before many iPhone users were even born, Apple produced a TV commercial for Super Bowl XVIII. Their commercial 1984, was based on George Orwell`s novel 1984, which described a society that has degraded into a repressive and controlled state (ie Big Brother). Apple`s view was that their computers would empower people to break away from the conformity of the PC. As much as I love that commercial for it`s impact, the message was lost on me, and on Apple it seems. Since those commercials the PC has grown, and become as customizable as you`re imagination. You can walk into almost any store and grab upgrade parts off the shelf, add any number of add on cards, replace parts, and create a completely customized computer. Yet, you can`t say the same for Apple products, which seem to all come in white, black, and metal grey how 1984. (You can see the Apple 1984 commercial at the bottom of the article). 
Now I do own some Apple products which I love, those being my iPods, but I use MediaMonkey with them not iTunes, which makes a huge difference. 


Well the idea that XBMC will run on a (Jailbroken) AppleTV, is something that might have me buying more Apple products. The AppleTV retails for $119 (CDN), which is the average price for a media player today. But, so far, no media players available on the market can run XBMC software, with the exception of the $199(CDN) Boxee. For those unfamiliar with XBMC, well let me tell you it is the best software ever designed for the home theater market. It allows you to do so much more than just watch movies (in 1080p), see pictures, and play music. With XBMC you can download movie information, or TV episode information, just like reading the back of a DVD (not sure how many know how useful this is, for movies you may have downloaded, yet know nothing about). You can also download cover art for all you're movies, all this and more, right from you're remote. 



Keep reading if you want to see the video of XBMC on the AppleTV, If you're interested in learning how-to do this then check out the link for Engadget below.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Longboarding With Team Original

Love this video, makes longboarding look like so much fun. Do they rent longboards? Are there areas to longboard here in BC? Gonna have to find out and finally give this sport a try. Until then I'll have to keep watching this video... Via - LikeCool By: Mass

Blogger Has Died

Dear friends, fans, and followers. For the past few months my blog has been overrun with errors, making changes very difficult (if not impossible). On numerous occasions I've attempted to reset my blogger template, install a new templates, and even restore from an older version but I'm still unable to add or remove specific content from my blogs template. The initial problematic area was the blog post section which refuses to accept any changes or alterations to the date, author, title or social media links. I have suffered through this problem, but as of late it appears that the layout is now no longer accepting changes, and when displayed is no longer centered. If anyone has suggestions on how to fix these blogger issues, please email me. As a result, I will no longer be updating, as its too difficult maintain this blog.

Duct Tape...It's Not Just For MacGyver Anymore

I came across this crazy site the other day called Duct Tape Fashion , which specializes in duct tape. Wait... I don't think I explained myself properly, there's a website dedicated to duct tape, and all things duct tape related. Ok, so maybe I did explain myself properly, WTF...really, duct tape. Well it seems duct tape isn't just for HVAC specialists and MacGyver anymore, it seems people are using duct tape to create all kinda of weird items like wallets, baseball caps, hats, bags, bracelets, purses, visors, and roses. Don't believe me, well check out some of these pics I got... Wallets Baseball Cap Hats Bags Bracelets Purses Visors Roses By: Mass