Mac mini htpc

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  1. gentlefury

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    I'm really considering getting a mac mini as a Home theater pc and using plex for media. Any else have this setup? Any opinions, is it fast enough, stable enough etc. Has anyone heard about apple maybe doing airplay for iTunes?

    Any info would be appreciated.
     
  2. King Hal

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    Yes, a mac mini is great for an htpc. Try Plex but for me it didn't really work and I've stuck with iTunes and Frontrow. The main problem with Plex is that it didn't pick up a lot of my music. iTunes has over 500 artists but Plex only identified a little over 400. I use the Remote app on both iPhone and iPad to control things.

    I recommend the Mini. I've used one for around five years and just upgraded to the latest server version.
     
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    BTW I stream to my iPad using StreamToMe
     
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    I was thinking Remote or even Air Mouse would be good to control it from the iPad.

    Thanks for the info!
     
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    That idea is pure genius!

    Edit: and they come with an HDMI port! Sweet!

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    Yes - hdmi goes into AV receiver and from there to 42" plasma, so I can play HD movies and great sound for music. An excellent solution
     
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    I have the new Sony Google TV...I could plug it directly into the TV.
     
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    Man, Plex is AWESOME! And I didn't realize the Plex iPad app (which I already bought) has a remote included! Sweet! Found all my movies and shows and categorized everything. I will def use that on the Mac Mini.
     
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    Well, I ordered my Mac Mini and an external 2TB hard drive...that should hold for a little while!

    How is the stock 2GB ram amount on it? I figure it only has to do minimal tasks so that should be fine...any thoughts on upgrading?
     
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    I had a last gen MacMini. Upgraded to 2gb ram it ran pretty fast! But the memory is pretty cheap off amazon...
     
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