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From Barnes & NobleApple's next conquest? Your HDTV and home entertainment system. Apple TV is all you need to integrate your PC or Mac with all your living room A/V equipment, so you can watch your digital media on your fancy new flat screen (and do a whole lot more). Sound mysterious? Sound complicated? Well, it is, a bit. But one book demystifies every step, so you can achieve true digital media oneness and nirvana: Apple TV for Dummies.
You'll tour your new Apple TV box (yes, it does look like a silver plastic sandwich protector); then walk through installation and configuration (the author holds your hand through nitpicky tasks like configuring your TV's resolution and Apple TV's network settings, setting up iTunes to work with Apple TV, and coaxing your (Mac or Windows) wireless network to download media content to Apple TV.
Then, it's on to the fun part: everything you can do with Apple TV. You'll master the basics of syncing and streaming TV shows, music videos, podcasts, and other Internet video and audio content (and get comfy with Apple TV's remote). You'll learn how to create music and video playlists for display via Apple TV; stream content from Apple.com and YouTube.com; even use AppleTV as a photo album, drawing on images from iPhoto, Aperture, Photoshop Album, or Photoshop Elements. There's even a section on creating your own media content to display via Apple TV.
Last but not least, there's a reassuring troubleshooting chapter: simple problem-solving rules, the author's "should-be-patented" troubleshooting tree, and all you need to know about running diagnostics and restoring factory defaults. Bill Camarda, from the November 2007 Read Only