Over at pbs.org, the “I, Cringely. The Pulpit” column takes on AppleTV, particularly asking why the Mac Mini, Airport Extreme and AppleTV share the same stackable footprints: “There is simply no imaginable situation where you would want to stack together these three components that are clearly made to be stacked. Unless what you want to do is somehow connect the Apple TV to the Mac Mini through the AirPort at a range of three inches just to take advantage of 802.11n, which the Apple TV and the AirPort Extreme have but the Mac Mini doesn’t. Well that’s just crazy.”
The columnist suggests that perhaps Steve Jobs is just messing with us–or that the seeds of a peer-to-peer movie distribution network can be found within the AppleTV’s always-on state. A Peer-to-peer system, he suggests, could reduce the network costs for iTunes, “making the network costs effectively free. Hello HDTV!”. Except of course, for that wonky DRM stuff.
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