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should I buy a laptop or a MacbookPro - hekp

I have 23 gigs of stuff on my iPod.
I want to watch them on my HD TV screen. Well at least the VideoPods. ?
I have tried "Airport" and wasted a week not making that work.
So I can either transfer all my iTunes to a Mac (transfering music etc...) or I an buy an iPod and try to make that work...thoughts?

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iTV and FrontRow

I know exactly what you need. If you're trying to put all your media content (pictures, videos, and music) that is stored on your iPod (which is esentially coming from your iTunes Library) then you'll want a MacBook or MacBook Pro or frankly, any Apple computer. I haven't found the right product that will transmit the media from my iPod to my TV, that I personally liked. There are products out there that can, but none to what I really want it to do.

I'm sure you heard about Apple's "Front Row." ? Check it out on website if you haven't. You'll see that this is what you're looking for (I believe.)

But in January 2007, Apple is supposed to release their codename product, iTV... that will stream all the media content on your computer to the TV. This iTV is shaped like a Mac Mini, will have a remote, and will have HDMI output and I think optical output as well.

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If you use the Macbook (i.e. Front Row). You may have to convert the IPOD video file display to 720 x 480 to be able to watch it on your TV.

IPOD video files are usually 320 x 240 so you can watch them on the screen. So of the video files are at 320 x 240 they may look small on your TV, so you will have to convert them to 720 x 480 display.

Let me know if this is true with front row because I don't have a Macbook yet.. But my birthday is coming up on Tuesday (Nov 21st) & I may buy myself one.

If it is true that you have to convert the file, let me know I can talk you through of how to convert the file to the 720 x 480 display.

--Nick Schmidt

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If you want it to work...

If you don't like reloading your operating system every couple months go with a Mac. If you are a gamer (and don't mind reloading Windows every so often) buy a Windows based laptop. Games are very slow to be released for Mac, but I'm happy to say that is slowly changing!


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It is very simple actually.
You need the Griffin "TuneCenter". $129.99.

The Tunecenter allows you to attach your ipod to your TV to see photos, video, listen to radion, & even listen to the files on your ipod. It comes with a remote. So all you need is in this little dock station.

It comes with S video, Composite video, & A/V audio outputs (i.e. Yellow-video, White/Red-audio connectors). Plus has a PAL (Europe) / NTSC (US) switch. The dock station has an ethernet jack so you can hook it up with your Router. WIRELESS Version is "under development" (802.11b ).

BAD News.. it is currently back ordered because this is probably one of the hottest new ipod attachments out for the holidays. So you many want to search for some more products like this, but Griffin is PIMP..

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Thanks for the input all

As I look at the responses, I am thinkging the Griffin Tune center makes the most sense. I buy a bigger iPod, and that and save a lot of money over a new Mac book.
Am I missing anything here?

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sounds good to me.. if you get the tune center. Tell Griffin I said hi and let me know what you think of the product!!

--Nick Schmidt

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