Originally Posted by jgiddyup
Here's hoping NAS use will be enabled at a later date.
It does seem like it wouldn't be a big deal for them to add support for simpler network shares for photos, but will there be a large number of people who only use their NAS for that, or will many of them also want to access MP3's and videos from their NAS? If the latter, I can sort of see why Apple might want to push for requiring iTunes, because iTunes acts as the keeper of the metadata (thumbnails, movie rating, description, etc.). And since they're largely catering to the non-geek, it's a lot easier to explain to a non-geek that if you import your music and movies into iTunes, it will "take care of the rest" as opposed to training them on the details of obtaining their own metadata, coverart, etc., and the proper naming conventions.
One possibility I could see is Apple enhancing the AirPort Extreme so that it runs some sort of iTunes "lite".
In other news, I rented an HD movie last night that my father-in-law had been wanting to see. The local video store didn't have the Blu-ray in-stock, and it's still on delayed release to Redbox. Normally I would still just wait for it to come to one of those sources, but I figured I'd test out the iTunes rental process one time just to see how quickly I could start up the movie and whether I experienced any pauses (due to hitting the end of the buffer), stuttering, or other issues. The movie was ready to go within a minute or so (I have about 14Mbps download speed), and everything worked fine.
Today, my 2nd Apple TV arrived (Amazon order during the brief window of time that they were available there), which will be for my daughter's room. She's 12 so I decided to try out some of the parental controls. I was able to set rating limits for Movies and TV Shows, and I set "Explicit Music & Podcasts" to "Ask". But I was very disappointed to see that I couldn't set the rating limits for Netflix. I could completely disable Netflix access or set it to "Ask" (which would mean that I would need to enter a passcode to temporarily open up access to it), but neither of those is very good, as I want her to have easy access to family-friendly content on Netflix. Oh well.