Apple TV Gets A Healthy Price Cut, Successor On The Way?

Apple has long maintained that its Apple TV product was nothing more than "a hobby," so it makes sense to think that it has seen the fewest amount of updates when looking at its array of non-computer devices. The firm's Mac lineup and iPod/iPhone lineup gets refreshed at least once per year, while the Apple TV sees a firmware update maybe once every two years.

Since launching a few years back, the device has remained largely unchanged. The design has stuck, the functionality has only increased slightly and the internal capacity has only been bumped a time or two. Now, however, it sure smells like Apple may have bigger plans at work with regard to its own set top box. Suddenly, the company axed its 40GB Apple TV and cut 30% off of the asking price on its 160GB model. The result is a single 160GB Apple TV option for $229, which is $100 less than what the same device would've cost you yesterday.

The device, as it stands, is becoming increasingly irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. With video on-demand, Vudu, Hulu and all manners of other web-based viewing/rental portals, why buy a dedicated set top box? You'd need a good excuse (or a membership in Apple's fan club) to really justify one, but who knows, maybe this is the first step in Apple overhauling the device into something that makes sense given the current state of online media.

Via:  Yahoo! Tech
Crisis Causer 5 years ago

Wasn't the 40GB model $229 anyway?  They actually haven't added a lower cost option.  You mentioned Hulu and the stuff on the web, but also the PS3 and 360 can stream media and are getting cheaper especially with their recent price cut.  The 360 also has Netflix which is a value that should not be underestimated (it's pretty cool).  Why not pay the extra $70 for Blu-Ray capable, game ready PS3?  Apple themselves just recently put the iPod touch at the magic $199 price point.  I'm really shocked they didn't put the Apple TV there too.  But hey, if they want to have a product no one buys more power to them.  And does Apple TV finally actually ship with video cables yet?  Last a checked it does not, which is pretty cheapo.

I also think Apple should lower their Mac Mini prices ($599 cheapest) so that they can counter the "Cacs is always more expensive" argument.  It's time to flood the market a bit!

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