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Apple TV 2.0 Announced

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I told you this was coming.? Today Steve Jobs announced the new Apple TV 2.0 spec.? This new version will sport a $229 price tag and support HD movies in full 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround.? This coupled with the HD iTunes announcement is the news we’ve been waiting to hear from Apple.? Here’s the full skinny taken from arstechnica:

Apple TV 2.0

In a rare admission of an Apple product that hasn’t lived up to expectations, Jobs noted that people “didn’t want” the Apple TV. Apple is attempting to address that with the new $229 Apple TV 2.0, which sports an all-new UI. The new TV box supports buying content directly from the iTunes Store as well as the new rental service. Movies will be available in HD with full Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. Downloaded content will automatically sync with computers on the network.

Users will also be able to purchase TV shows and download HD video podcasts directly from the new Apple TV. There’s also some integration with .Mac, with owners able to pull down .Mac galleries and set them up as screen savers. The original Apple TV will get a software upgrade to support the new features, and the new Apple TV should be available in two weeks.

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