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Apple rolls out Apple TV Software 2.1 [updated]

Apple has released Apple TV Software 2.1, the latest update to its set-top box’s software. Apple TV Software 2.1 includes support for Apple’s MobileMe service, as well as support for the company’s new Remote application for the iPhone and iPod touch. Apple TV Software 2.1 is available now via the Apple TV’s Update Software feature.

Updated: We have added screenshots of the software’s new Remote and MobileMe service features, the latter merely rebranding of the prior support for .Mac with MobileMe logos and names.


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Browsing music albums now displays a thumbnail of the album artwork. I’m pretty sure that’s new.  You can also add movie rentals to a wishlist.

Posted by Galley on July 10, 2008 at 10:09 AM (CDT)


also new: the duration (time) of each track is shown once the album is selected

Posted by roderic on July 10, 2008 at 7:36 PM (CDT)


Can someone please tell me if music video playlists are supported? ie. Does a playlist containing more than one video clip plays continuously?

Posted by Al on July 10, 2008 at 8:47 PM (CDT)


no it appears that the video playlist feature (playing a series of videos continuously)is still not supported :-(

Posted by roderic on July 10, 2008 at 9:01 PM (CDT)


Correct, video playlists are still not supported, and skipping next on the remote still doesn’t take you to the next Music Video.  One improvement is that if you stop a Music Video halfway through, and then pull it up later, it no longer asks if you want to resume.  It simply starts at the beginning, just like an audio song.  That’s one small step forward, but they really need to fix the whole thing.  Works so much better in iTunes, especially with the new Remote app for the iPhone!

Posted by nilesmitchell on July 11, 2008 at 12:18 AM (CDT)


It looks like Apple added a much needed clear option to the bottom row of their search menu on the Apple TV.

Unfortunately I can’t seem to get to this row using the remote - so delete, space and special character are also out of reach.

Is anyone else having this problem??? - I’ve Googled it and can’t seem to find anyone else suffering from this bug.

If you are having this problem, I have found a workaround.

Select any video and play a few seconds after hitting the menu key, select “return to search menu” and you will find yourself on the bottom row - but once you leave it you will have to go through this workaround to get back to it.

Posted by josephd on July 12, 2008 at 11:55 AM (CDT)


Apple TV 2.1 now supports dynamically updated playlists! “What?” I hear you say. “What’s that? And furthermore, who cares?”

Trust me, this is good.

Let’s say you make a playlist of 100 John Lennon songs and add a rule Last Played is not in the last 1 day. In the past, the Apple TV would only deal with this rule when it was synced with iTunes. That meant that if you backed out of that playlist after listening to 20 songs, went to another playlist, then returned later to the John Lennon playlist, the Apple TV would still have all 100 songs on the playlist, even the ones that had played. Those 20 songs would only disappear from the playlist if you synced with iTunes.

Now, with Apple TV 2.1, let’s say you play 20 songs on that same 100-song John Lennon playlist. Now, when you back out of the playlist to hear something else and return later, there will only be 80 songs left in the John Lennon playlist. The Apple TV has dynamically updated the playlist without having been synced to iTunes.

Furthermore, let’s say after you listen to John Lennon, you switch to a 100-song playlist that includes songs by all four Beatles and also has the rule Last Played is not in the Last 1 Day. There is a chance that one of those songs you heard on the John Lennon playlist is in this playlist. But with that “Last Played” rule in place, those recently played Lennon songs won’t play again in the Beatles playlist.

It enhances variety and eliminates duplication and keeps you from having to skip tracks because you just heard it.

This has long been a feature of the iPod. And I for one (and maybe the only one) am grateful it has been implemented on Apple TV.

Posted by Plan K on July 12, 2008 at 9:50 PM (CDT)

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