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|AppleTV 2.2 update (w/new features and security fixes)|
|After syncing using iTunes 8.0.1 (released last night - notes on first AppleTV sync oddity in yesterday's news) - my AppleTV (refurb, w/2.1 software) would not come out of standby (LED flashed amber, then shut off) but after cycling power it came up OK. An update check shows the new (v2.2) software. In addition to feature changes (see below), AppleTV v2.2 also includes several security related fixes. (See About the security content of Apple TV 2.2.) Apple's updated their doc About AppleTV Software Updates with a table of what's new in v2.2:
|HD TV shows
||Purchase the leading HD TV shows directly from the iTunes Store. (US only)
|Movie browsing by actor and director
||Browse movies on the iTunes store by actor and director. Select “More” on the movie page and browse the actor and director list on the left to see other movies for that individual.
|Chapter selection, alternate audio and subtitles
||While playing a movie, press and hold Play/Pause to access chapter selection, alternate audio and subtitle display. The display shows the options available for the current movie.
||Press Up when playing a movie to display a description of that movie.
||To create a Genius playlist based on the currently playing song, press and hold Play/Pause to bring up the contextual menu and select Start Genius. Note: The Genius feature must first be enabled in iTunes 8.0.1 and synced with Apple TV.
||To add the currently playing song to the On-The-Go playlist, press and hold Play/Pause to bring up the contextual menu and select Add To On-The-Go.
|Music videos in playlists
||Make playlists in iTunes combining your favorite music videos and songs. Play them back on Apple TV and let them play continuously.
|Apple TV standby mode
||From the main menu, press Play/Pause for about three seconds (or go to Settings > Standby)
I updated two AppleTVs but not used v2.2's new features yet. (Still seeing recopying of videos/podcasts after initial (first) playback on the AppleTV. (Next sync from iTunes recopies them over again.) That's been happening here since the v2.0.0 update.)
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