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Apple TV 2.0.1 software update appears [updated]

Without any accompanying description, Apple has released version 2.0.1 of the Apple TV software, available as a free download from the device’s General settings menu under Update Software. Launched in February, version 2.0 of Apple TV’s software—also known as Apple TV Take 2—added substantial functionality to the device, including a new menuing system, Internet-based photo browsing, and support for high-definition and standard-definition movie rentals, but has been subject to random lockups and crashes. It is unclear whether version 2.0.1 includes anything beyond bug fixes.

Update: In addition to a new Genres sorting sub-menu for the My Movies menu option, allowing you to more quickly navigate a long list of movies via categorization, a list of additional version 2.0.1 changes appears in the Comments section below.

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The new update definitely appears to be mostly bug-fix related. Some specific changes I’ve noticed:

- Podcasts downloaded directly onto the Apple TV now sync back to your iTunes library. They appear in the “Podcasts” section in iTunes with a “Subscribe” button beside them in case you want to actually subscribe to the podcast.

- A bug has been fixed whereby content watched from your iTunes library (as opposed to locally-synced content) would not have its play counts or last played times updated.

- When downloading a rented movie, the Apple TV now displays “Ready to Watch” on the main rentals screen alternating with the “Downloading” progress indicator.  This is in addition to the pop-up that normally appears once a download-in-progress is ready to watch.

- In general, the performance seems to have been improved slightly when scrolling menus and displaying album/show artwork from non-local content (ie, images loaded from the iTunes library).  In the very least, the Apple TV no longer shows a “No Artwork” placeholder while loading the artwork image, which at least makes it seem smoother in that regard.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in East Amherst, NY, USA on March 29, 2008 at 11:40 AM (CDT)



Now THAT’S attention to detail!

Thanks for the update on the update…LOL! Much appreciated. I have two 160gb Apple TV units, guess I’ll go update them both now…

Posted by jeffu in East Amherst, NY, USA on March 29, 2008 at 9:19 PM (CDT)


You guys should hold off on the update, it’s breaking Apple TVs left and right, including mine. After the update, my unit will not stay connected to iTunes, so no streaming or synching. I’ve done a factory reset and reinstalled iTunes, but no help…..

Posted by gershom in East Amherst, NY, USA on March 30, 2008 at 12:16 AM (CDT)


“it’s breaking Apple TVs left and right…”

gershom, this is major broad. Do you mean the wireless connection is being dropped? It would help to know at least some specifics… Thanks.

Posted by chashulme in East Amherst, NY, USA on March 30, 2008 at 4:24 PM (CDT)


chashulme in Southern California, if you can help, I and many folks over on the Apple boards will be very happy. Yes, I mean that the wireless connection is dropping after less than 5 mins and this behavior started after updating to 2.01. Both my pc and the aTV can still see the network at full strength and if I close and then restart iTunes, aTV connects briefly and then drops again. No other software or hardware changes have been made. I have a 40gig aTV and running iTunes on XP home.

Posted by gershom in East Amherst, NY, USA on March 30, 2008 at 6:06 PM (CDT)


This update from Apple was really overdue. 2.0 was extremely buggy. Our unit rebooted itself at irregular intervals when it got confused scrolling long lists, movies and TV shows were some times (2-5 times per showing) jittery, network connections were sometimes lost, requiring a reboot etc.
I haven’t spent much time with this update, but the first impression is that it is faster, a welcome improvement in itself.

Posted by mellvik in East Amherst, NY, USA on March 31, 2008 at 3:22 AM (CDT)


Am I the only one who, even now with the update, doesn’t get up to date podcasts?  Its always about 3 days behind.

Posted by michael in East Amherst, NY, USA on March 31, 2008 at 6:13 PM (CDT)


Seems like the “feature” of being able to play Internet radio stations on the aTV was now removed.

Posted by Gus in East Amherst, NY, USA on April 3, 2008 at 7:14 AM (CDT)


Don’t install it…Its causing problems with syncing content in pairing mode.  For example after updating, only the movies are getting synced between Itunes and Apple TV. No music or anything is getting synced.  Everything works great in streaming mode.  Uninstalling 2.0 also fixes the problem.

Posted by jeff in East Amherst, NY, USA on July 16, 2008 at 5:10 PM (CDT)

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